There have been “a whole bunch” of People left behind in Afghanistan when U.S. troops departed for good on Tuesday morning native time.
The U.S. navy and coalition forces evacuated greater than `120,000 overseas nationals and at-risk Afghans beneath the newly created Taliban regime over the past couple of weeks, however they have been unable to get each American who needed to go away the nation earlier than President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline arrived.
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Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. , U.S. CENTCOM commander, informed reporters the variety of People nonetheless in Afghanistan who wish to evacuate is within the “very low a whole bunch” on Monday, shortly after saying all troops departed.
As a substitute of getting on a navy flight, these Americans should depend on the diplomatic efforts of the State Division to go away. Nevertheless, it is “not going” there will likely be a diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, mentioned Secretary Antony Blinken.
“So the navy part of this operation has ended,” he defined. “The diplomatic sequel to that can now start. And I consider our Division of State goes to work very laborious to permit any Americans which can be left, and we predict the residents that weren’t introduced out quantity within the low, very low a whole bunch. I consider we’ll get these individuals out.”
Blinken on Monday night later mentioned the quantity was probably beneath 200 and “nearer to 100.”
McKenzie mentioned there have been 6,000 U.S. residents among the many greater than 120,000 evacuees, which the navy “consider[s] represents the overwhelming majority of those that needed to go away right now.”
“I feel we’re additionally going to barter very laborious and really aggressively to get our different Afghan companions out,” he added. “The navy part is over. However our need to deliver them out is as intense because it was earlier than. The weapons have simply shifted, if you’ll, from the navy realm to the diplomatic realm, and the Division of State will take the lead on that.”
There have been no People on the “joint tactical ex-filtration,” the ultimate 5 flights, although they have been ready to if anybody arrived on the airport earlier than they took off, McKenzie mentioned.
“We maintained the power to deliver them in up till instantly earlier than departure, however we weren’t capable of deliver any People out. That exercise ended most likely about 12 hours earlier than our exit,” he defined. “Though we continued the outreach and would have been ready to deliver them on till the final minute. None of them made it to the airport and have been capable of be accommodated.”