Senior U.S. officials said Saturday that the United States had evacuated 2,500 Americans from Kabul last week, adding that Washington was fighting “against time and space” to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
Major General William Taylor told reporters at the Pentagon that 17,000 people have been evacuated so far, including 2,500 Americans. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that there is no “perfect number” of Americans in Kabul and Afghanistan.
“We are struggling with time and space,” Kirby said. “This is the game we’re playing right now. We’re trying to do it as fast and safely as possible.”
Kirby declined to describe the specific “threat dynamics” in Kabul, but said the security situation was “constantly changing”. Kirby said the goal of the United States is “to evacuate as many people as possible. This is the point.”
Taylor and the Joint Staff of the United States stated that in the past 24 hours, American troops and charter flights evacuated 3,800 people from the airport in Kabul.
A week after the Islamic terrorist organization Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the United States is desperately evacuating thousands of people, including Americans and Afghans in danger who have collaborated with U.S.-led forces during the decade-long war in Afghanistan. As the evacuation took place, scenes of chaos appeared at the airport in Kabul.