The Pentagon on Friday introduced that it’s opening extra army bases to carry as much as 50,000 Afghan nationals who’re both making use of for Particular Immigrant Visa (SIV) standing or are deemed to be “in danger.”
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby mentioned the U.S. is opening up Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, Fort Pickett in Virginia and Holloman Air Pressure Base, New Mexico to supply help to the U.S. mission to evacuate SIV candidates and different people deemed in danger.
That’s along with using Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Fort Bliss in Texas and Joint Base McGuire-Dix in New Jersey.
“The Protection Division will proceed to help the State Division in offering momentary housing, sustainment and help inside the US for a capability of as much as 50,000 Afghan particular immigrant visa candidates, their households, and different at-risk people,” Kirby mentioned.
Later within the briefing, Kirby mentioned that 7,000 SIV candidates are already being processed within the U.S.
The Pentagon mentioned that 111,000 folks have been evacuated from Kabul Airport because the starting of the Aug. 14 evacuation operation started because the Taliban began surging via Afghanistan forward of the deliberate Aug. 31 withdrawal.
Of these evacuated, roughly 5,100 are Americans. Main Normal William Taylor additionally informed reporters that U.S. European Command will as we speak obtain about 19 flights and roughly 5,000 passengers in Germany, Italy and Spain, and 6 flights will transport about 3,300 folks from Europe to the U.S.
The U.S. is scrambling to get all these it needs to evacuate overseas, which has been sophisticated by a lethal terror risk.
On Thursday a terror assault attributed to ISIS-Ok killed 13 American service members and dozens of Afghans on the gates of Kabul Airport — the place frantic Afghans in search of to flee Taliban rule had fled within the hope of boarding a flight overseas.
The White Home mentioned on Friday morning that President Biden was briefed that one other terror assault in Kabul “is probably going, however that they’re taking most pressure safety measures on the Kabul Airport.”
Fox Information’ Lucas Tomlinson and Peter Doocy contributed to this report.