Fox News has successfully evacuated three Afghan nationals who assisted with the network’s coverage of the war in Afghanistan, the network announced on Sunday.
The network said that the three nationals, along with their families, have been flown to Doha, Qatar, with a total of 24 people being successfully evacuated from the country after it fell to the Taliban. The trio served as “producers, drivers, translators and security guards” for Fox News correspondents during the 20-year presence of the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
“We are extremely proud to have assisted in this critical mission bringing them to safety in Doha where the Qataris have been aiding in several evacuations, and are grateful to Fox Corp for all of their assistance,” read Fox News’ statement.
The United States, along with several non-government organizations, have spent the past week in a frantic rush to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan as well as Afghan citizens desperate to escape after the Taliban recaptured Kabul.
The Taliban’s rapid return to total control of the country defied public predictions by President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Afghan defense forces would be able to hold them off as the U.S. ended its two-decade occupation of the country.
Biden has stood by his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, saying in a speech on Friday that 13,000 Americans and Afghans have been evacuated so far and insisting that “there’s a greater danger from ISIS and al-Qaida and all these affiliates in other countries — by far — than there is in Afghanistan.”