A publisher from a prominent American media house requested officials from the administration of United States President Joe Biden to assist in evacuating journalists and their families who are stuck in war-torn Afghanistan.
Fred Ryan, a publisher from the Washington Post requested for help from United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in an email which carried the subject “Urgent re safety of US Journalists”, according to reports from NBC.
Ryan asked for relocating the more than 200 journalists, their families and support staff to the side of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport where personnel from the United States military were in charge.
The email read, “Jake, Urgent request on behalf of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post is to have our 204 journalists, support staff and families transported by US Military from the civilian side of the Kabul airport to the military side of the airport where they can be safe as they await evacuation flights”, according to reports from NBC News.
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The journalists were associated with three prominent American media outlets like Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal, according to the mail sent to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
One runway at the Hamid Karzai Airport in Afghanistan’s Kabul has been secured by the United States military officials and was used to evacuate personnel from the American embassy. The mail urged action to bring the journalists who were “currently in danger” to be relocated to the American side of the airport as they await rescue flights, according to reports from NBC.
Videos surfacing on social media, on Monday, showed at least three people clinging onto the wings of a US plane before falling down from the airborne aircraft.
On Monday afternoon, United States President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the nation on the developing situation in Afghanistan. The address will commence at 2:45 pm ET.