US airlifts 169 stranded Americans to Kabul airport as evacuations resume

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US airlifts 169 stranded Americans to Kabul airport as evacuations resume
US citizens were close to airport but couldn’t get through huge crowd gathered outside, so 3 helicopters sent beyond perimeter to get them
By AFP

The US military in Afghanistan sent helicopters to rescue over 150 Americans unable to reach the Kabul airport gates, an official said Friday, in the first evidence that US forces were willing and able to go beyond the US-secured compound to help people seeking evacuation. The news came as American officials confirmed evacuation operations from Afghanistan stalled for about seven hours Friday, because the receiving base in Qatar was overflowing and could not take in evacuees.

That left thousands more Afghans already cleared to leave their country for the United States waiting at the Kabul airport. “It was early this morning, and it lasted about six to seven hours,” Major General Hank Taylor told reporters, adding the backlog was subsequently cleared. The US State Department has been criticized for being overly bureaucratic and not having enough staff to process thousands of Afghans seeking to come to the United States.

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