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White House: US Has Capacity To Evacuate Remaining Americans

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In this satellite photo taken by Planet Labs Inc., the military side of Kabul's international airport is seen as a military flight taxing on the tarmac Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Taliban forces sealed off Kabul's airport Saturday to most Afghans hoping for evacuation, as the U.S. and its allies were ending a chaotic airlift that will end their troops' two decades in Afghanistan. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

(AP) — Top Biden administration officials say the United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 U.S. citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline.

That commitment comes as another U.S. drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants highlights the grave threat in the war’s final days. Shortly before confirmation of that airstrike, America’s top diplomat said, “This is the most dangerous time in an already extraordinarily dangerous mission these last couple of days.”

The evacuation flow of Americans kept pace even as a new State Department security alert, issued hours before the latest military action, instructed people to leave the airport area immediately “due to a specific, credible threat.”

 

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