The U.S. government doesn’t know exactly how many Americans are currently in Afghanistan, the White House communications director said Friday.
“There’s no specific number, and there’s a reason,” Kate Beddingfield, communications director, told CNN.
“What we’re doing is seeing how many Americans are here,” Bedingfield said.
US President Joe Biden said he would extend the deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, which the US invaded 20 years ago, to August 311, so that all Americans will know how much remains in Afghanistan and leave.
Estimates for the rest of the Americans are very broad. National security officials told a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday that between 10,000 and 15,000 US citizens are in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that it is estimated that there are between 5,000 and 10,000 US citizens in the Kabul area.
Thousands of people have been evacuated by plane from Kabul. The US goal is to move between 5,000 and 9,000 people per day.
The United States has evacuated about 14,000 people since the end of July. More than half of 1,000 people have been evacuated since August 1, according to White House officials.
Of the three million people deported from the United States on Thursday, 35050 were Americans, officials said.
The US military evacuated about 1,100 Americans and US permanent residents and their families on Tuesday.
“A few weeks ago we started working with all American citizens already in Afghanistan, listening to them via email, texting and messaging apps, understanding their plans and working with them. They want to get out,” Beddingfield said. . said. “So that’s a huge logistical job.”
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