The website of the U.S. embassy in Kabul gave a “404 Error – Page Not Found” on Saturday morning, as Americans stranded look for updates on how to reach the airport to be evacuated.
“We are sorry but the page you are looking for does not exist,” the page reads, pointing evacuees to “the homepage or browse some of our recent posts.”
The website previously alerted stranded Americans whether they should or should not travel to the airport due to treats the Taliban were charged with reducing.
For example, on August 25, the page read, “Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”
Just days earlier, on August 21, American citizens were warned to “avoid” the Kabul airport due to “security threats outside the gates.”
“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport,” the embassy advised, “we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”
The U.S. embassy down page comes as President Biden draws down the U.S. military to abide by the Taliban-enforced deadline of August 31, only three days from now.
On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department advised roughly 1,500 Americans are trapped behind enemy lines. However, a Senate aide told CNN about 4,000 Americans remained trapped on the same day. The precise number of Americans at risk is not known.