Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Bonsall, said Friday that his office has facilitated the release of Nasria, a pregnant American citizen, from Afghanistan.
"Weeks of work and countless hours of coordination paid off," Issa said. "Nasria is finally coming home."
Nasria is a 25-year-old woman from Southern California who was stranded in Kabul when it fell to the Taliban, a statement from Issa's office said. After her friends contacted Issa's office, the congressman and his team established communication channels with Nasria and began coordinating her safe return.
"Nasria was twice through security while we still had the airport, both times she was left behind. She was beaten by the Taliban, kicked in the belly, and has been in hiding," Issa said. "She didn't want to leave without her husband and her father, but ultimately had to make the hard decision to get out and basically have her child here in America."
"We continue to work around the clock to ensure hundreds of American citizens stranded in Afghanistan are able to escape," Issa said. "Nothing ends until our community is once again reunited with loved ones."
Issa's office has helped rescue more than 30 members of his district from Afghanistan since the Taliban overran the Afghan National Army and retook control of the country this summer, including six El Cajon-area families and other Americans and Special Immigrant Visa holders.