California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa announced that the 25-year-old mom, identified only as ‘Nasria’ has escaped Afghanistan.
She was forced to leave behind her husband who she married in Afghanistan.
In a news release, the congressman confirmed that ‘his team has successfully facilitated the release of Nasria, a pregnant American citizen, from Afghanistan.’
Nasria (pictured) was among the hundreds of Americans who were left stranded in Kabul after the final US forces left on August 30
According to Issa, Nasria (pictured) had ‘braved beatings and harassment by the Taliban trying to get past their checkpoints to return to the US’
Further details of how she escaped have not been shared, and it is unclear when she will make it back to the United States.
Issa first heard of the 25-year-old’s plight to flee Afghanistan through friends who contacted his office, FOX 5 reported.
‘The congressman and his team immediately established communication channels with Nasria and began coordinating her safe return,’ Issa said in his news release.
‘Weeks of work and countless hours of coordination paid off,’ the release said.
Issa previously tweeted that Nasria had ‘braved beatings and harassment by the Taliban trying to get past their checkpoints to return to the US.’
She was among the hundreds of Americans who were left stranded in Kabul after the final US forces left on August 30, despite Biden’s promise to evacuate every citizen before the withdrawal deadline.
California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa (pictured) announced that the 25-year-old mom, ‘Nasria’ has escaped Afghanistan
According to Issa, the 25-year-old made ‘multiple trips’ to the airport and was attacked by Taliban forces as she attempted to make her escape from the country.
‘She was kicked in the stomach, but she was kicked in the stomach well after – as she got through the first checkpoint for hours, waiting for those people at the south point to supposedly come and get her,’ the Republican lawmaker told FOX News last month.
Issa remained in contact with Nasria as they came up with an alternative way to get her out of Afghanistan.
‘We’ve agreed that she’s going to stay sheltered in place, hiding her identity and hoping that her friends will continue to bring her food and keep her secret until frankly we can come up with something new,’ Issa told FOX.
A plane carrying Americans and other evacuees left Kabul and landed in Doha, Qatar, on Friday but it wasn’t immediately clear if Nasria was aboard that plane, FOX News reported.
Nasria told Voice of America earlier this month that Taliban fighters have been ‘hunting Americans’ since U.S. troops left the country, and are allegedly ‘going door-to-door … trying to see if anybody has a blue passport.’
Her escape was announced the day after it was confirmed an American couple in their 80s had also fled the war-torn country.
The couple, who weren’t named to avoid putting other relatives at risk, managed to flee after being repeatedly refused entry to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport by Taliban fighters.
It is unclear if they managed to get out on a chartered flight. Some escape routes have also taken place overland, although rescuers have been reluctant to share further details to avoid compromising future escape attempts.
President Joe Biden’s promised he would get every American out of Afghanistan before the military ends its 20 year occupation.
‘If there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out,’ he told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on August 18.
But after the August 30 deadline Biden officials said a ‘small number’ of Americans remained who want to leave the war-torn country.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has vowed to use diplomacy and leverage to bring out any Americans, allies, or Afghanis who assisted the US and want to leave, as critics pounded Biden for allowing the withdrawal before all Americans were out, comparing those who remained to hostages.