Fox News reporter shows Psaki the new Taliban interior minister's FBI wanted poster after White House praised the 'flexible, businesslike' insurgents for letting flights with Americans leave


·         Fox News's Peter Doocy confronted Press Secretary Jen Psaki over a White House statement calling the Taliban 'cooperative' among other things Thursday

·         He pointed out that Afghanistan's new interior minister has an FBI bounty on him

·         New Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani is the son of the Haqqani Network founder, a US-designated terrorist group with connections to the Taliban

·         He's wanted for a 2008 attack that killed a US citizen among other allegations

·         A number of new officials named by the Taliban are sanctioned by the UN

·         About 200 foreigners, including 30 Americans, flew out of Kabul Airport on Thursday as international flights resumed under the Taliban's control

·         It is the first large-scale flight after U.S. left Afghanistan on August 31

·         It follows a standoff with charter plans stuck on the tarmac at Mazar-i-Sharif

·         Secretary of State Antony Blinken blamed the standoff on the Taliban 


By Elizabeth Elkind, Politics Reporter and Ronny Reyes For Dailymail.Com (UK) and Associated Press

9 September 2021


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki got into a tense exchange with a Fox News reporter on Thursday over a White House statement praising the Taliban as 'flexible' and businesslike' for allowing an evacuation flight from Kabul to Doha with Americans on board.  


'You're saying the Taliban is businesslike and professional. Their interior minister has an FBI wanted poster - he's got a $10 million bounty on his head. What's the business?' Fox reporter Peter Doocy asked Psaki at her daily briefing.


He held a copy of the FBI poster, displaying it just feet away from Psaki's podium.


'We are here to celebrate the return of American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan, of legal permanent residents, of Afghans who fought by our side, to Qatar successfully on a Qatari Airlines flight,' she replied.


'In order to get those people out, we had to work with some members of the Taliban to press them and to work in a businesslike manner to get them out.'


A US-brokered deal with the Taliban enabled 30 Americans to escape Afghanistan on Thursday aboard an international flight carrying 200 passengers from Kabul Airport to Qatar, the first such large-scale departure since US and foreign forces concluded their frantic withdrawal at the end of August.


A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council praised the militant group for allowing the flight to leave.


'The Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights,' spokeswoman Emily Horne said. 'They have shown flexibility, and they have been businesslike and professional in our dealings with them in this effort. This is a positive first step.'


At the Thursday briefing Doocy asked what it was a 'first step' toward...