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Pentagon estimates ‘several hundred’ Americans still in Afghanistan

“Several hundred” People stay in Afghanistan subsequent the finish US troop withdrawal, the Pentagon spokesman declared Tuesday, as army leadership unsuccessful in its mentioned mission to take out all Us residents from the Taliban-controlled nation by the close of August.

Pentagon push secretary John Kirby explained to MSNBC’s Willie Geist that he does not believe there is an “exact determine,” for the number of Us residents still left in Afghanistan, sticking to imprecise language. 

“We think we received the large, broad majority of American citizens out, some thing to the tune of 6,000 of them,” he claimed. “And we imagine it’s most likely in the small hundreds that are still there. And there ended up also numerous hundred some others that didn’t want to depart.” 

On Tuesday, the last C-17 airplane had still left Kabul’s airport at 11:59 p.m. community time, just ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from the region. 

US troops aided evacuate much more than 79,000 civilians from the airport since Aug. 14 — including 6,000 Americans and 73,500 Afghans and 3rd-nation citizens, for every US officers. Just about every solitary US assistance member is now out of the region.

“We feel we received the vast, vast vast majority of American citizens out,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
The final American service member to depart Afghanistan.
Military Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue was the last American service member to depart Afghanistan.
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Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of US military’s Central Command, on Monday approximated the quantity of Us residents remaining in the nation was almost certainly in the “very reduced hundreds.” 

Despite US troops getting remaining the region, Kirby remained firm in the US’ dedication to take out Individuals who continue to be, introducing that he is “heartbroken” about owning still left Us residents stranded in the country now managed by Islamist militants.

“As Gen. McKenzie reported yesterday, we’re heartbroken that we couldn’t get everybody out, but they nevertheless have our motivation, they however have the commitment of this administration and the United States and we’re heading to do almost everything we can to proceed to consider to get them out of that nation and out properly,” he stated.

Broken Kabul airport doors.
Evacuation endeavours were being briefly halted when an ISIS-K suicide bomb attack shook the Kabul airport.
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Kirby cited absence of time as a reason for failing to remove extra allies or American citizens. 

“We undoubtedly would choose to get much more men and women out if we could, but the time just was not there,” he stated. “And I really do not just suggest the time on the clock, I indicate the time in conditions of the danger.” 

Evacuation endeavours had been briefly halted last Thursday when an ISIS-K suicide bomb assault shook the Kabul airport, killing 13 US company associates and approximately 200 Afghans. Evacuation flights resumed Friday morning. 

Barbwires lay across the tarmac.
Barbwires remaining powering soon after the United States Military services has absolutely withdrawn from Afghanistan.
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In a Monday assertion, President Biden appeared dedicated to aiding take out any People who “want to leave Afghanistan” pursuing the deadline. 

“I have asked the Secretary of Condition to direct the continued coordination with our worldwide companions to assure risk-free passage for any Americans, Afghan companions, and foreign nationals who want to depart Afghanistan,” he reported. “This will contain perform to create on the UN Protection Council Resolution handed this afternoon that despatched the distinct message of what the global local community expects the Taliban to deliver on shifting forward, notably liberty of travel.”

“The Taliban has created commitments on safe and sound passage and the world will keep them to their commitments.”

Taliban fighters from the Fateh Zwak unit celebrate before storming into the Kabul International Airport.
Taliban fighters celebrate in advance of storming into the Kabul Global Airport following the US withdrawal.
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