Secretary of State to speak at 2:30 p.m. ET on US evacuations in Afghanistan




Secretary of State Antony Blinken will speak at 2:30 p.m. ET on US efforts to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan after his remarks originally scheduled for 12:15 ET were delayed.

President Biden said Tuesday evening that he had asked Blinken to give the public “an update and a detailed report on the exact number of Americans still in Afghanistan, how many we got out of it and what our projection is.”

White House officials have repeatedly said they are unsure how many Americans are in Afghanistan.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Monday that the United States did not know the exact figure because some Americans entered the country without registering with the US embassy in Kabul and others left the country without unsubscribing.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby at the Pentagon briefing on Wednesday morning said at least 4,400 Americans had been evacuated but did not provide the total number of Americans who still need to be evacuated.

Earlier today, the Pentagon announced that a total of 19,000 evacuees had left Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, with 42 U.S. military planes carrying 11,200 people and another 7,800 people evacuated by partners in Coalition.

The Pentagon said there were more than 10,000 people waiting at the airport to leave, but the number would change as more people arrive at the airport and flights depart.

CNN’s Jason Hoffman, Nicole Gaouette and Jennifer Hansler contributed to this post.


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