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Issa Announces Local Families Freed from Afghanistan

August 26, 2021

Two local San Diego-area families that were trapped in the Kabul region have successfully been freed from Afghanistan

After working around-the-clock for more than a week, Congressman Darrell Issa has announced that two local San Diego-area families that were trapped in the Kabul region have successfully been freed from Afghanistan.

“This is great news, the result of tireless work by our team to ensure that our people aren’t left behind in Afghanistan,” said Congressman Issa. “But while we have made extraordinary progress, there are so many more Americans stranded in Afghanistan. We have more work to do and under extremely difficult conditions.”

After being contacted by local school officials, as well as a local husband and father and another relative, Issa staff was informed that families with several children were among the thousands of American citizens stranded in Afghanistan and the Congressman’s team worked nonstop to begin the successful process of getting people home.

In addition, the Congressman’s office received a request for help from the husband and father of five American citizens via a form the Congressman’s staff created on the website. The Congressman then directed efforts to the highest levels of the U.S. government, including the State Department, the Department of Defense – as well as the White House – before the families began to be successfully extracted from Afghanistan.

“I could not be more pleased at what has been achieved so far. But this is only a start to finally bringing our community back together and bringing our people home.”

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.