White House Official: U.S. military evacuated nearly 3,000 people from Kabul Thursday, including 350 U.S. citizens

The U.S. military evacuated nearly 3,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday, including 350 U.S. citizens, a White House official said.

As of Thursday night, the U.S. military had evacuated approximately 9,000 people since August 14. Since the end of July, nearly 14,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan.

The U.S. military also facilitated the departure of 11 charter flights that led to the evacuation of more people.

The evacuations were carried out on 16 C-17 flights and included SIV applicants and their families, as well as vulnerable Afghans.

“On August 19, the U.S. evacuated approximately 3,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport on 16 C-17 flights. Nearly 350 U.S. citizens were evacuated,” the official said. “Additional evacuees include family members of U.S. citizens, SIV applicants and their families, and vulnerable Afghans.”

There are still thousands of people to be evacuated from Afghanistan and so far, things seem to have gone smoothly, although getting to the Kabul airport has been a challenge since the fall of Afghanistan to Taliban.

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