Pentagon To Open Up Two U.S. Bases For Afghan Refugees

FILE - This March 27, 2008 file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon has endorsed a new slate of initiatives to expand diversity within the ranks and reduce prejudice, including in recruiting, retention and professional development across the force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(AP) – The Pentagon is opening up two more military bases in the U.S. to house thousands of Afghan refugees.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request from the State Department for temporary housing assistance.  Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby did not give the names of the two bases, but it would add to the existing evacuation site at Fort Lee in Virginia.  The Pentagon says the three facilities can house up to 22-thousand Afghans starting “three to four weeks from now.”

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