The Pentagon said Wednesday morning that between Tuesday 3 a.m. and Wednesday 3 a.m., the military evacuated about 2,000 from the Kabul airport, including 325 Americans.
That small number of Americans is compared to the estimated 11,000 Americans trapped in Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the Biden administration’s disastrously-executed withdrawal.
“Eighteen C-17s have departed in the last 24 hours. These flights have carried around 2,000 passengers, and I can confirm that 325 of those passengers are American citizens,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said at an off-camera briefing with reporters.
He said the other passengers on the C-17s during that period were Afghans and NATO personnel.
The 325 Americans is in addition to the 165 Americans flown out in a prior flight. It is not clear how many Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan to date.
According to Biden administration officials, there is no way to guarantee the safe passage to the Kabul airport, which is currently surrounded by the Taliban and Taliban checkpoints, but operated by U.S. and international forces trying to evacuate American civilians and other nationals. – READ MORE