Cory Mills evacuates Americans from Afghanistan, says Joe Biden admin wrongly wants credit
Image via Cory Mills for U.S. Congress.

Cory Mills
The combat veteran said the administration only offered visas after Americans were out of Taliban area.

Congressional candidate Cory Mills went to Afghanistan to successfully rescue Americans still on the ground in the war-torn nation. Now he’s upset President Joe Biden’s administration wants credit.

Mills, an Army combat veteran, spoke to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday about what the news network billed as the first ground evacuation of American citizens. Mills became involved with rescuing family through communications with the office of U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Texas Republican.

“Congressman Jackson and I know each other,” Mills said. “There’s a mutual respect there.”

Mills rescued a woman identified only as Mariam, along with her three children, he said. She lives in Jackson’s district, and Mills said U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, an Oklahoma Republican, was also heavily involved.

With a background in special ops, Mills said he was able while working with the representatives to develop an extraction plan. Initially, they wanted to airlift the family out, but U.S. Central Command and the State Department did not authorize a private aircraft landing in Afghanistan for the rescue. (Notably, Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida has called on the State Department to authorize more such landings.)

“I could have put 25 Americans, Brian, onto that plane,” Mills told Kilmeade.

But the plane could not land and was waived off without explanation.

Instead, Mills had to go into Afghanistan with an interpreter and evacuate the family by land, then he took them to the aircraft to leave the region.

The State Department on Monday announced it had facilitated the first land evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan, presumably referencing the family Mills led out.

“We have facilitated the departure of four American citizens from Afghanistan via an overland route. Our Embassy greeted the Americans as they crossed the border into the third country,” a State official told Reuters.

But Mills said that’s taking credit for a mission the administration did not help with at all.

“There’s quite a bit of inaccuracies there,” Mills said.

For one, State Department officials say the Taliban government now running Afghanistan did not interfere with the rescue, but Mills said that’s not the case. A Taliban commander at the border initially said there was no agreement to allow any Americans to pass and leave the country.

Eventually, Mills said he had to trick border agents into letting the Americans pass through with a number of ruse phone calls and transfers.

“That allowed us to pass them through at the eighth hour,” he said.

Mills called it “absolute nonsense” the State Department helped and said tourist visas were only secured after his team had the Americans out of the country.

Mills is running for a seat in Congress, and is filed against U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Winter Park Democrat, in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


14 comments

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  • Alex

    September 7, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Only problem is this guy is a Republican, who is name dropping far right folks like Ronny Jackson who voted to overturn Democracy.

    I give this whole story a 1 in 6 chance it’s the truth.

    • Anthony

      September 7, 2021 at 11:48 pm

      Okay Alex. Keep drinking the Socialist Koolaid. Theyre just using ignorant people like you to advance their tyrannical agenda.

    • Anthony

      September 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      I’m sure the State Department is completely honest and full of integrity. When your done with your Koolaid be sure to bury your head back in the sand.

    • TexasBobcat84

      September 15, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      Alex.. please swallow the Red Pill already..

  • Marcy

    September 7, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH CORY. IM WATCHING YOU ON HANNITY NOW BE SAFE AND THANK YOU IS DEFINATELY NOT ENOUGH.. GOD BLESS YOU

  • Jennifer David

    September 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for all that you do. We support you and please let us know how we can help. God Bless

  • Diane Geiger

    September 7, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I am a USN Vet Hospital Corps trained in Combat Medicine able and willing to depart from Stateside to Extraction.
    Americans cannot be trapped overseas no matter what country they need to be Extracted!

  • Marcie

    September 7, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you Cory for your service and sacrifice along with your valiant colleagues. I would LOVE to know How to support future endeavors into Afghanistan to bring Americans home n NEVER leave anyone behind

  • Phillip

    September 8, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Call me I’m down for anything. USAF veteran crew chief. Nothing to lose. Let’s get them home

  • Charlie

    September 8, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Great op, Cory! I live in your district (Sanford) and will be glad to help out. I’m retired Army FAO, IN, Ranger, last tour at CENTCOM.

  • Giles H

    September 8, 2021 at 10:00 am

    how can we donate?

  • Giles H

    September 8, 2021 at 10:04 am

    How I like to get Jobama and ship him to Kabul with his Taliban friends and let them figure out what to do with him.

  • Mike McLane

    September 9, 2021 at 8:56 am

    The danger and risk of being killed is far greater than I am even able to fully comprehend – what Cory did was nothing short of a miracle. His skill and great personality worked and he should be honored for his great work,

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