Afghanistan passengers were filmed in front of a Qatar Airlines plane at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 19, 2021.
Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs | Via Reuters
Washington — Commercial aviation carrying 21 Americans and 48 legitimate US permanent residents left Kabul, Afghanistan over the weekend, the State Department confirmed on Monday.
Since then, a total of at least 85 American citizens and 79 legal permanent residents have left Afghanistan. The United States has completed a major humanitarian evacuation and withdrawal According to State Department figures, of that army in August.
“We are grateful to the Qatari authorities for continuing to coordinate these flights with the Taliban,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday. The Biden administration is still working to help American citizens, legal permanent residents, and vulnerable Afghans leave, Price added.
The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan last month prompted the United States and its allies to make chaotic efforts to expel citizens and vulnerable Afghanistan out of the country. By August 31, approximately 125,000 people had fled the country, including approximately 6,000 US citizens and their families.
But not everyone was able to achieve that in time. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers last week that about 100 US citizens are still seeking evacuation from Afghanistan.
Blinken blamed the Trump administration for its chaotic withdrawal from the longest war, saying, “We have inherited the deadline. We have not inherited the plan.”
“The special immigrant visa program in Kabul had no interviews for nine months, dating back to March 2020. The program was basically slowing down,” Blinken said on September 13. ..
“We made the right decision to end the longest war in America. We made the right decision not to send third-generation Americans to fight and die in Afghanistan,” Blinken said.
President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s takeover.Biden was forced to order a temporary deployment of Thousands of U.S. forces to Kabul To support evacuation activities last month.
Thirteen U.S. military personnel and dozens of Afghans were killed in an ISIS-K suicide bombing at an airport in Kabul during evacuation. Subsequent US drone strikes in Kabul killed as many as 10 civilians, described by the Pentagon as a tragic mistake.
Eighty-five Americans have left Afghanistan since the United States completed its withdrawal
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