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State Division says 350 Individuals nonetheless trying to go away Afghanistan

About 350 Americans are nonetheless attempting to go away Afghanistan within the closing days of the U.S. withdrawal effort that is been marred by a lethal terrorist assault and a Taliban takeover.

A State Division spokesperson mentioned Saturday a minimum of 5,400 Individuals have been safely evacuated since Aug. 14, together with almost 300 U.S. residents throughout the final day. However one other 350 Individuals stay in Afghanistan and have knowledgeable the State Division they need to get out.

The State Division mentioned they’re offering “help across the clock” to those residents looking for to evacuate. 

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As well as, the State Division has been involved with one other 280 individuals who have mentioned they’re Americans however haven’t shared their plans to go away the nation or have mentioned they plan to remain. 

The flights out of Kabul’s worldwide airport have continued within the wake of the terrorist assault Thursday led by ISIS-Okay that killed 13 American service members. Their deaths mark a painful finish to a 20-year struggle that already claimed greater than 2,400 navy lives. 

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In a 24-hour interval that ended Saturday morning, about 6,800 folks had been evacuated from Kabul, bringing the whole to 111,900 evacuees of all nationalities since Aug. 14, in response to the White Home. 

However time is operating out for the U.S.-led evacuations. President Biden has stood by the deliberate Aug. 31 withdrawal date from Afghanistan, which the Taliban desires. Biden warned Saturday the specter of extra terrorist assaults stays excessive however the troops have the mandatory assets to finish the ultimate mission.

“The state of affairs on the bottom continues to be extraordinarily harmful, and the specter of terrorist assaults on the airport stays excessive,” Biden mentioned in a press release Saturday. “Our commanders knowledgeable me that an assault is extremely seemingly within the subsequent 24-36 hours.”

In the meantime, the U.S. navy continues its troop drawdown. 

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About 3,500 U.S service members stay on the Kabul airport three days earlier than Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline, in response to U.S. officers. That is down from a peak of 5,800.

Fox Information’ Griff Jenkins and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report. 

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