Biden: 70,700 People Evacuated From Afghanistan Since August 14

Biden: 70,700 People Evacuated From Afghanistan Since August 14

as of this afternoon we’ve helped evacuate 70 700 people just since august the 14th 75 900 people since the end of july just in the past 12 hours another 19 u.s military flights 18 c-17s and one c-130 carrying approximately 6 400 evacuees and 31 coalition flights carrying 5 600 people have left kabul just in the last 12 hours we are currently on a pace to finish by august the 31st the sooner we can finish the better each day of operations brings added risk to our troops but the completion by august 31st depends upon the taliban continuing to cooperate and allow access to the airport for those who were trans were transporting out and no disruptions to our operations in addition i’ve asked the pentagon and the state department for contingency plans to adjust the timetable should that become necessary i’m determined to ensure that we complete our mission this mission i’m also mindful of the increasing risks that i’ve been i’ve been uh briefed on and the need to factor those re those risks in they’re real and significant challenges that we also have to take into consideration the longer we stay starting with the acute and growing risk of an attack by a terrorist group known as isis k a nicest affiliate in afghanistan which is the sworn enemy of the taliban as well every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that isis k is seeking to target the airport and attack both u.s and allied forces and innocent civilians additionally thus far the taliban have been taking steps to work with us so we can get our people out but it’s a tenuous situation we’re already had some gun fighting break out we run a serious risk of it breaking down as time goes on second the g7 leaders and the leaders of the eu nato and the u.n all agreed that we will stand united in our approach to the taliban we agreed the legitimacy of any future government depends on the approach it now takes to uphold international obligations including to prevent afghanistan from being used as a base for terrorism and we agree that none of us are going to take the taliban’s word for it we’ll judge them by their actions and we’ll stay in close coordination on any steps that we take moving forward in response to the taliban’s behavior at the same time we renewed our humanitarian commitment to the afghan people and supported a proposal by the secretary general guterres of the united nations led international response with unfettered humanitarian access in afghanistan third we talked about our mutual obligation to support refugees and evacuees currently fleeing afghanistan the united states will be a leader in these efforts and we’ll look to the international community and to our partners to do the same we’re already seeing our allies commitment they’re bringing their the bringing to their countries the afghans who served alongside their forces as translators are in their embassies just as we’re bringing to the united states those afghans have worked alongside our forces and diplomats we’re continuing that effort we’re conducting thorough security screening and the intermediate stops they’re making for anyone who is not a us citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the united states anyone arriving in the united states will have undergone a background check and and we must all work together to resettle thousands of afghans who ultimately qualify for refugee status
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Biden: 70,700 People Evacuated From Afghanistan Since August 14

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