US military transports transported 3,000 people out of Kabul on Thursday, official says

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People line up to board a US military plane to leave Afghanistan at the Kabul military airport on August 19.
People line up to board a US military plane to leave Afghanistan at the Kabul military airport on August 19. (Shakib Rahmani / AFP / Getty Images)
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Since the Defense Department began supporting the State Department with the movement of people out of Afghanistan in late July, an estimated 12,000 people have been displaced out of the country, General Hank Taylor, deputy director of the country, said Thursday. joint staff for regional operations.

That number of 12,000 includes “U.S. citizens, U.S. Embassy staff, those designated by the State Department as SIV candidates, and other evacuees in coordination with the State Department,” Taylor said.

That number of 12,000 includes 7,000 people who have been displaced from Afghanistan since August 14, Taylor said.

The Defense Department is “ready to increase throughput and plan aircraft departures accordingly,” Taylor said.

“We intend to maximize the capacity of each aircraft. We put people first, and we strive to do so in the safest way possible and urgently, ”he added.

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