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World

US says 105,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan since mid-Aug

  • About 5,000 of the 12,500 individuals evacuated on Thursday were air-lifted out that night, according to the White House tallies
Published August 27, 2021

WASHINGTON: About 12,500 people were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday, raising the total evacuees amid the Taliban takeover of Kabul to roughly 105,000 since Aug. 14, the White House said on Friday.

Renewed evacuation efforts ramped a day before the militant group entered the Afghan capital on Aug. 15. Since the end of July, about 110,600 have been evacuated, the White House said.

Evacuations have resumed after two blasts killed scores of people, including 13 US soldiers, outside the gates of Kabul airport Thursday evening, with troops on alert for more possible attacks.

Death toll from Kabul airport blasts 'between 13 and 20': Taliban spokesman

About 5,000 of the 12,500 individuals evacuated on Thursday were air-lifted out that night, according to the White House tallies.

US military forces, who have guarded the airport in Kabul, are due to withdraw by the Aug. 31 deadline set by US President Joe Biden, leaving a vacuum.

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