He was instructed to remain at home and not be worried, as they would be evacuated.
However, he was heartbroken to hear that the last U.S. aircraft had left Kabul's Airport on Monday. He was then greeted by the piercing sound of Taliban gunfire as they celebrated what they considered their victory over America.
Habibi claimed that the U.S. government had "lied to us". He is one of hundreds of Americans and holders of green cards who are stranded in Kabul.
Victoria Nuland was the undersecretary for state for political affairs. She said that all U.S citizens and lawful permanent resident who were unable to get evacuation flights or were otherwise stuck had been contacted in an individual manner over the past 24 hours. She advised them to expect more information on routes once they have been arranged.
Ned Price, spokesperson for the State Department, said that they would send them customized instructions on what to do, when to do it and how we feel the United States government can best help them.
Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, praised the evacuation efforts despite thousands of people crammed into Kabul's airport. He stated that between 100-200 Americans remained in Afghanistan and promised that all American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan would be expelled.
Some of those who are still alive experience the pain of trying for almost two weeks to board a U.S. flight.
Habibi, an electrician, was visiting Richmond on a special visa. This is the first visit to Afghanistan since 2019. Their return flight was scheduled for Aug. 31.
Habibi claimed that he received an email from the U.S. government stating that his family, all green card holders and their youngest child with a U.S. passport, would be evacuated on Aug. 18.
In subsequent emails, he was instructed to take his family to the airport. He did as instructed, but the crowd of people kept him from reaching the gate his second and third attempts.
Madina, Madina's 15-year-old daughter, speaks fluent English and is the family spokesperson. She said that she and her younger sister were nearly trampled at an airport. The family replied, "It is too dangerous." She said, "We can't go in the crowd."
She said that emails continued to arrive, advising them to go to the airport.