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US Troops Surge Evacuations, CIA Chief Meets With Taliban

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FILE - In this April 14, 2021 file photo, CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington. A U.S. official says that CIA Director William Burns visited Kabul on Monday to meet with the Taliban’s top political leader. The official told The Associated Press the meeting between Burns and Abdul Ghani Baradar came amid the ongoing evacuations at the Kabul airport. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AP)

(AP) — The U.S. military has pulled off its biggest day of evacuation flights of Afghanistan since the operation began. And amid the tense operation to get people out of the country, a U.S. official says CIA Director William Burns secretly flew to Kabul on Monday to meet with the Taliban’s top political leader. The White House says about 21,600 people were flown safely out of Taliban-held Afghanistan in the 24-hour period that ended early Tuesday aboard a combination of U.S. and non-U.S. controlled aircraft. The previous day’s total about 10,400 people flown out aboard 28 U.S. military flights.

 

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