U.S. has evacuated and facilitated evacuation of nearly 95,700 people from Afghanistan since August 14, White House official says

The United States has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of nearly 95,700 people from Afghanistan since August 14, and re-located approximately 101,300 people since the end of July, a White House official said on Thursday morning.

The official said in the past 24 hours, from August 25 at 3:00 AM EDT to August 26 at 3:00 AM EDT, a total of approximately 13,400 people were evacuated from Afghanistan on 17 U.S. military flights and 74 coalition aircraft.

The 17 U.S. military flights (14 C-17s and 3 C-130s) evacuated approximately 5,100 people from Kabul while 74 coalition aircraft evacuated nearly 8,300 people, said the official.

The United States will be leaving Afghanistan on August 31 and remarkable progress has been made from the initial chaos seen at the Kabul airport nearly two weeks ago.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has rejected calls to extend the deadline, arguing that the evacuations could be completed before his set August 31 deadline as he seeks to put an end to the 20-year-long war that has killed more than 241,000 people and consumed trillions of dollars.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there were about 1500 Americans still believed to be in Afghanistan and that the department was in touch with about 500 of them.

The other one thousand Americans had not been traced. They were either Americans wanting to stay, had returned to the United States after visiting the country, had not responded to emails or were not American citizens, Blinken said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insisted at her own press briefing on Wednesday that everything would be done to bring back all Americans who want to come home.

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