SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two more U.S. citizens have left Afghanistan in an exit facilitated by Congressman Darrell Issa’s office, officials said Wednesday.
A couple in their 80s are on their way home and have left Kabul, he said.
“This is a cause for celebration and a result of almost countless hours of work under very difficult conditions,” Issa said. “Our team simply would not give up, and today it paid off and we got them home.”
The couple’s names are being withheld at the request of their family, a congressman said, due to the continuing danger of reprisals facing Afghan relatives of fleeing Americans.
The couple repeatedly tried for weeks to get through Taliban checkpoints, but said they were harassed and intimidated, blocking their efforts to board a plane home.
After the couple’s grandson contacted the district office, the team began its communication and logistical coordination, which eventually led the couple out of Afghanistan.
“I would like to thank Congressman Issa and his staff in both Washington and California for all they did to help my grandparents get home,” the grandson said. “We are all so grateful.”
Issa’s office has helped rescue 33 members of his district from Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the Afghan National Army and took control of the country this summer, including six families in the El Cajon area and other Americans and special immigrant visa holders.
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