By Steve Cowan
The United States has evacuated a total of 88 thousand people from Afghanistan since August 14, Major General Hank Taylor, a Pentagon spokesman, said at a briefing.
“To date, approximately 88,000 people have safely left Afghanistan,” Taylor said.
“Until the very end, we will continue the necessary evacuation, if necessary, but we expect that in the last few days (until August 31), given that we hope to preserve as much of our capabilities at the airport as possible, in the last few days we will give priority to the withdrawal of military and military resources,” a U.S. defense department representative said at a regular briefing. He stressed that this does not mean that those who can count on evacuation will be denied, but warned that “part of the resources will be reserved for the evacuation of the military.”
The Pentagon spokesman stressed that the United States hopes to maintain a maximum military presence at the Kabul airport for as long as possible.
The United States again, at least for the third time, used helicopters to evacuate people from Kabul to the airport, a Pentagon spokesman said at a briefing.
“They are at the headquarters (at the airport) and are preparing for evacuation,” Taylor said.
According to him, we are talking about a group of fewer than 20 people.
The evacuation was carried out on Wednesday night, the general said.