White House: 3,200 Evacuated From Afghanistan, Pace to Pick Up Wednesday

Military flights have evacuated 3,200 U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their families from Afghanistan as of Aug. 17, according to a White House official. On Tuesday alone, 13 flights carried 1,100 people out of the capital city of Kabul, the official said, adding that the pace of the evacuation was expected to pick up on Wednesday and throughout the week. “We have evacuated more than 3,200 people so far, including our personnel. In addition to these more than 3,200 total evacuated, we have relocated nearly 2,000 Afghan special immigrants to the United States,” the official said. The Taliban have agreed to allow “safe passage” from Afghanistan for civilians struggling to join a U.S.-directed airlift from the capital, according to President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan. A timetable for completing the evacuation of Americans, Afghan allies, and others has yet to be worked out with the country’s new rulers, Sullivan …

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