Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday that the United States had evacuated more than 4,000 US passholders and their families from Afghanistan with continued air transport from Kabul.
“We expect that number to increase in the next few days,” Kirby said.
A senior State Department official said Tuesday that the numbers were delayed as US officials focused on getting people out of Kabul as soon as possible.
Pentagon officials said the airlift, which began on August 14, could expel all Americans by Tuesday, August 31, a deadline set by Biden long before the Taliban completed the acquisition. He stated he was confident. However, thousands of unknown other aliens remain in Afghanistan and are struggling to escape.
The U.S. Department of Defense said hundreds of U.S. troops had withdrawn as the United States was imminently withdrawn and was no longer needed to complete its evacuation mission. According to Kirby, these are headquarters staff, maintenance personnel, and so on. “It won’t affect the mission at hand,” he said.
The Taliban, which took control of the country about 20 years ago after being exiled in a US-led aggression after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, argues that airlift must end on August 31st. A war between a terrorist group and about 5,800 US troops carrying airlift at Kabul Airport.
In Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a press conference that the United States had to meet a voluntary deadline on an evacuation flight, saying “I will not take Afghanistan out afterwards.” He also said the Taliban would ban Afghans from accessing the road to the airport, while allowing foreigners to pass in to prevent large numbers of people from gathering.
Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report