NC congressman's office describes effort to get Americans, allies out of Afghanistan

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Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., is one of many members of Congress involved in the ongoing effort to help get Americans and U.S. allies out of Afghanistan, but in his office, it's a group effort.
After the Biden administration ordered a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country by Aug. 31, officials estimate at least 100 Americans, according to White House chief of staff Ron Klain, and thousands of other Afghan allies are still trapped within Afghanistan's borders under the Taliban's rule.

"Our State Department has been deplorable. Their response — if they do call back — has been utterly deplorable," Murphy said of his office's efforts to help those left in Afghanistan.

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The Department has been overwhelmed with requests for help, and Murphy added that the U.S. no longer has any "assets" on the ground in Afghanistan.

"We don't have an embassy there," the congressman, who represents the district with the sixth-largest veteran population in the country, said. "We did, prior to our full departure, [have] things like Operation Pineapple that use former vets, special ops — those types of individuals to evacuate people."

Now, a group of thousands of individuals with different areas of expertise but one common goal are working to get Americans and allies out of the country through an online network that has become known as "digital Dunkirk."

One of Murphy's staffers, who served in Afghanistan until July of 2020 and is now a student at Georgetown University, is part of that network.

"We were responsible for securing the airfield. We had a lot of interpreters that worked for us," Kevin Ryan told Fox News Digital of his time in Afghanistan. "Once the collapse happened, interpreters started…
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