U.S. has evacuated 12,000 people from Afghanistan since end of July, including 7,000 since Taliban takeover and 2,000 in past 24 hours

The United States has evacuated 12,000 people from Afghanistan since the end of July, including 7,000 people since August 14 following the Taliban takeover this month.

At a Pentagon press briefing on Thursday, Major General Hank Taylor said the U.S. military footprint in Kabul is now more than 5,200 troops.

He said in the past 24 hours, 13 C-17s landed with additional troops and equipment while 12 C-17s took off. Those flights contained more than 2,000 people.

The evacuees have included American citizens, U.S. Embassy personnel, SIV applicants, and others.

General Taylor said the airport remains secure and open for flight options, while new gates have opened and are providing entry to the airfield.

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