Afghanistan war US ramping up Kabul evacuation effort, says Biden

Afghanistan war US ramping up Kabul evacuation effort, says Biden

[Music] president joe biden says efforts to evacuate people from kabul airport are accelerating with u.s troops expanding the perimeter around the site if you guy first here don’t forget to subscribe ours channel many thousands of afghans have been queuing at the gates in desperate attempts to flee the country after the taliban swept to power on the 15th of august mr biden said on sunday that the u.s had flown nearly 28 000 people out of the airport in the past week he faces pressure to extend a deadline for evacuations beyond the 31st of august the president said discussions were taking place with leaders of other countries about pushing back the deadline but that our hope is we will not have to there is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and the heartbreaking images you see mr biden told reporters at the white house we have made changes including extending the access area around the airport the safe zone he said adding we have a long way to go and a lot can still go wrong earlier the pentagon said in a statement that 18 commercial planes would be used to help transfer evacuees to third countries from safe sites outside afghanistan at least 20 people have died as thousands queue outside kabul airport a nato official told reuters news agency amid reports that some were being crushed to death the scene on sunday was reportedly calmer than in previous days uk armed forces minister james hiappy said the taliban were cooperating and marshalling people into queues at hamid karzai international airport making the process faster for those hoping to leave the uk has evacuated 5725 people since the 13th of august the ministry of defense mod said late on sunday the uk has more than 1 000 armed forces personnel deployed in kabul mobilizing a civilian air fleet on sunday the u.s department of defense announced the activation of the civil reserve air fleet craft to help with the evacuation this allows the us to mobilize civilian airlines to help in an emergency it was last used ahead of and during the u.s invasion of iraq in 2003 and the gulf war of 1990-1991 [Music] according to the statement the level 1 activation is for 18 planes four from united airlines three each from american airlines atlas air delta airlines and omni air and two from hawaiian airlines activating the craft will help military aircraft to focus on operations in and out of kabul the statement added where will all the afghan refugees go afghanistan danger lies on kabul road to freedom the u.s military plane carrying afghans to safety these civil reserve flights will help facilitate the safe transport of evacuees to third countries mr biden said on sunday none will be landing in kabul the president said a series of processing stations had been established in more than two dozen countries where evacuees would be screened and cleared we will welcome these afghans who have helped america to their new homes because that’s who we are mr biden added the news comes as white house national security adviser jake sullivan announced there were still several thousand u.s citizens thought to be in afghanistan speaking to cnn’s state of the union programme on sunday mr sullivan said he could not give a precise number but noted that work was continuing to evacuate them mr sullivan also described the threat of attacks by the islamic state group against the airport as real and acute taliban official amir khan mutaki meanwhile has blamed the u.s for the evacuation drama at the airport on sunday mr mutaki also addressed potential dissatisfaction within taliban ranks arguing that certain decisions are made in the long-term interest of the movement and its role in afghanistan he said that the taliban were in talks with all factions to reach an agreement on a future government johnson calls g7 talks the taliban swift takeover of afghanistan has shot its people and the world uk prime minister boris johnson has called an urgent meeting for tuesday of the leaders of the g7 the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies it is vital that the international community works together to ensure safe evacuations prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the afghan people to secure the gains of the last 20 years he tweeted mr johnson is expected to urge mr biden to keep american forces in afghanistan beyond the 31st of august in order to allow evacuation flights to continue former uk prime minister tony blair meanwhile has harshly criticized the u.s withdrawal from afghanistan you look round the world and the only people really cheering this decision are the people hostile to western interests he said the u.s plans a full withdrawal of its troops from afghanistan on the 31st of august several allied nations including the uk are calling for this deadline to be extended amid the ongoing evacuation as u.s soldiers are currently controlling the airport you
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Afghanistan war US ramping up Kabul evacuation effort, says Biden

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