“The spiritual warfare that is going on right now, I mean, everything has been a battle,” Beck said in a video posted on Instagram Sunday. “It’s just a battle of good versus evil.”
A State Department spokesperson told CNA on Wednesday that the U.S. government is not organizing private charter evacuation flights, nor is it endorsing claims by third parties of providing airport access in Kabul.
In another development Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the German government had negotiated with the Taliban to allow civilian evacuation operations in Kabul to continue beyond the Aug. 31 deadline, “as a prerequisite for an international diplomatic and humanitarian presence in the country.”
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Germany would provide “immediate assistance of more than $100 million to Afghanistan, with the possibility of another nearly $600 million,” with the money channelled through humanitarian organizations, the newspaper reported.
In the meantime, according to multiple reports, conditions at the airport deteriorated further on Wednesday.
“Several organizations have reported that even though these organizations‘ aircraft have passenger manifests, the airport personnel are loading different people for those on the manifest onto all the aircraft that are departing,” said McDonnell of Katartismos.
“Others have reported that at times, one government agency is rejecting people that another government agency has approved and tried to bring into the airport,” she said.
Nina Shea, a senior fellow and director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, based in Washington, D.C., provided a similar account to CNA.
“I’ve started receiving panicked emails from Afghan Christians through their Western contacts. They are not being allowed to board USG (U.S. government) flights in Kabul. I’m advising them to try to board Glenn Beck’s flights instead,” Shea said in an email to CNA.
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Jason Jones, a conservative film producer, author, and podcaster who runs a nonprofit humanitarian organization called The Vulnerable People Project, said he has been working to refer the names of those desperate to escape to the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), which is working to get those individuals on U.S. government lists of qualified evacuees.
“Kabul is falling apart and our people are panicking,” Jones said in an email to CNA. “The next 72 hours are going to be very dark. Kabul has descended into chaos and confusion and our citizens and friends are collapsing into despair. People are being contacted by the State Department and told to go to the airport only to be sent away."
Alejandro Bermudez, born in Lima, Peru is the Executive Director of the ACI Group, which includes ACI Prensa, ACI Digital, ACI Stampa, CNA Deutsche, and ACI Africa and the former Executive Director of Catholic News Agency. He is also the host of the show "Cara a Cara" on EWTN in Spanish.
Shannon Mullen is the Editor-in-Chief of CNA. He previously worked as a features writer, investigative reporter, and editor with the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press. He has received numerous national reporting awards and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Matt Hadro was the political editor at Catholic News Agency through October 2021. He previously worked as CNA senior D.C. correspondent and as a press secretary for U.S. Congressman Chris Smith.