The United States and 97 other countries announced a deal with the Taliban to continue evacuations after August 31st.
The US Department of State published a joint statement, reading, “We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan.”
The short statement continued, “We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country. We will continue issuing travel documentation to designated Afghans, and we have the clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban that they can travel to our respective countries.”
Earlier this year, the Biden administration set the end of August as its goal for withdrawing the military from Afghanistan, however, after the Isalmist terrorist organization seized the country and thousands of American military weapons and equipment, it turned into a daunting deadline. Before the extension, White House officials were reportedly “doubtful we are going to bring in 8,000 more Americans” between now and Aug. 31.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby stated on Monday that “several thousand” Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan. Both Kirby and National Security advisor Jake Sullivan declined to give a more specific number and the reasoning varied from non-answers to the “fluid” evacuation process going on in Kabul.
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