16,000 people evacuated from Kabul in past 24 hours, US general says
Major General Hank Taylor, deputy director of joint regional operations, said about 16,000 people had been evacuated from Kabul in the past 24 hours using military and commercial charter flights.
“As of this morning, in the past 24 hours, 25 US military C-17s, three US military C-130s, and then a combination of 61 commercial charter flights and other military flights have taken off from Kabul. The total number of passengers for those flights was around 16,000. Of these, the US military has transported just under 11,000 people, ”Taylor said at a Pentagon press briefing.
Taylor also said that five flights with approximately 1,300 passengers landed at Dulles International Airport near Washington, DC, in the past day.
U.S. military installations at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Fort Lee, Virginia, Joint Base McGuire-Dix, Lakehurst, New Jersey, and Fort Bliss, Texas, welcome Afghans upon arrival in the United States for further processing.
Taylor said the mission’s focus remains to ensure a “constant flow of evacuees from Kabul to intermediate assembly bases and safe havens in our isolation” which continue to “rapidly develop the capabilities necessary to ensure the reception and provide humanitarian aid “. “
Evacuees are being sent to temporary places of refuge in Europe and the Middle East that include US facilities in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Italy, Spain and Germany, ”Taylor said.
“We deeply appreciate the support from these countries. It really is a testament to the importance of our alliances and partnerships,” said Taylor.
CNN’s Michael Conte contributed reporting for this post.