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Afghans arrive in Virginia as US accelerates evacuations

1000’s of relieved Afghans are continuing to get there in the United States as the US accelerates attempts to evacuate these stranded in Kabul soon after the Taliban demanded all overseas troops be out of the region by Aug. 31.

A constant stream of evacuees was spotted arriving at Virginia’s Dulles Intercontinental Airport on Monday and Tuesday, with looks of equally exhaustion and relief on a lot of of their faces.

Soon after arriving in Virginia, the evacuees are transported to the Dulles Expo Middle, where they are housed prior to staying despatched on to several US armed forces facilities.

Footage of evacuees finding off a bus at the expo centre Monday showed a variety of women clutching young youngsters.

A lot of arrived carrying just their purses or a plastic bag stuffed with their belongings supplied the scramble to evacuate. Some remaining Kabul empty-handed.

“We are risk-free,” one gentleman said after staying requested how it felt to be in the US.

Armed service bases in New Jersey, Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin are all ready to quickly residence arriving Afghans.

Countless numbers of relieved Afghans are continuing to get there in the United States as the US accelerates efforts to evacuate people stranded in Kabul.
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Those bases can collectively dwelling up to 25,000 evacuees, US officers have claimed.

There were being presently 1,200 Afghans at those people bases as of late Monday.

Their arrival came as the Taliban declared on Tuesday they would no lengthier allow for Afghans to enter Kabul airport to board evacuation flights.

The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid advised a press meeting that only foreigners will be authorized into the airport from now on as the US and its allies ramp up evacuations.

“The road to Kabul airport is shut for locals and open up to foreigners,” he mentioned.

“We are not in favor of permitting Afghans to leave.”

Mujahid mentioned the Taliban will not extend the Aug. 31 deadline — at first set by President Biden — in spite of 1000’s of Americans and Afghans still making an attempt to flee.

Refugees from Afghanistan are escorted to a waiting bus after arriving and being processed at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia on August 23, 2021. - Around 16,000 people were evacuated over the past 24 hours from Afghanistan through the Kabul airport, the Pentagon said on August 23, 2021, as the US speeds toward completing its airlift by an August 31 deadline.
Quite a few refugees arrived carrying just their purses or a plastic bag loaded with their belongings supplied the scramble to evacuate. Some still left Kabul vacant-handed.
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“It was the American program,” Mujahid stated. “They have the opportunity. They have all the resources. They can choose all the people that belong to them.”

The Taliban warned they would choose more than airport stability in Kabul, which the US now controls, immediately after the deadline.

Mujahid said the crowds of desperate Afghans seeking to get on evacuation flights at Kabul airport must return to their residences because the Taliban “guarantee their protection.”

He also claimed there was no record of people they ended up focusing on for helping the US throughout the war.

A man sits on a bus at a processing center for refugees evacuated from Afghanistan at the Dulles Expo Center on August 24, 2021 in Chantilly, Virginia. According to the U.S. State Department, between Sunday morning and Monday morning, 10,400 people were evacuated from Kabul on military flights and approximately 5,900 more people were evacuated on 61 coalition aircraft.
Refugees hopped on buses that ended up waiting around for them.
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“We have neglected anything in the previous,” Mujahid mentioned.

With Submit wires

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