During one week, US authorities evacuated 2,500 American citizens from Afghanistan. President Joe Biden’s administration told US airlines that they could be ordered to help transport evacuees, two officials told Reuters.
One, who wishes to remain anonymous, said a “warning order” was issued to carriers on Friday. However, no decision has yet been made.
A government official said that civilian planes would not fly to Afghanistan, but would instead carry evacuees from air bases in places such as the Middle East and Germany.
US President Joe Biden is to talk about the evacuation of American citizens from Afghanistan on Sunday.
17,000 were evacuated people
During Saturday’s press briefing in the US defense department, General William Taylor reported that a total of 17,000 people had been evacuated from Afghanistan during the week. people, including 2.5 thous. Americans. According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the “exact number” of Americans still in Afghanistan is unknown.
Meanwhile, the Taliban promise to ensure an “easy departure” for those leaving Kabul. One of their representatives emphasized that there is progress in forming a government and ensuring security in the country. However, he added that the threats at the Kabul airport, where thousands of people trying to leave the country, are gathering, cannot be ruled out. “The Taliban intend to rectify this situation,” he assured.
Chaos at the Kabul airport
Chaos has risen at the Afghan capital’s airport since the Taliban’s capture of Kabul on August 15. A representative of Islamic militants, who has claimed anonymity, told Reuters that the Taliban are not responsible for the riots at a besieged airport. “The West could have prepared a better evacuation plan,” he added.
The US authorities want to deport Afghans from Kabul by August 31, which are cooperating with Western forces. Then the deadline for US troops to leave Afghanistan will pass, but Biden announced this week that the evacuation time could be extended if necessary.
At least 12 people have died in and around the airport since August 15, according to NATO and Taliban officials.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / Cpl. Davis Harris / US Central Command Public Affairs HO