The US army has no concept what number of Individuals stay in Afghanistan, and even what number of have been among the many 7,000 or so folks which were evacuated through the Kabul airport thus far, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby advised reporters.
Roughly 7,000 folks have been evacuated through Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport (HKIA) in Kabul since August 14, Main Basic Hank Taylor mentioned at a Pentagon briefing on Thursday. Neither he nor Kirby might say what number of of them have been Individuals – or what number of Individuals stay in Taliban-controlled territory.
“I don’t know,” Kirby mentioned when requested. “The State Division could be a greater place to go for an estimate of what number of Individuals are in Afghanistan or in and round Kabul. That’s not a determine that the US army would know.”
Amazingly incompetent second as Protection Division spokesman John Kirby says they don't have a breakdown of the individuals who've been on flights out of Afghanistan AND they nonetheless do not know what number of Individuals are nonetheless trapped within the nation behind enemy strains. pic.twitter.com/jyV4Z2nZZe
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The Pentagon has repeatedly mentioned it’s aiming to evacuate between 5,000 and 9,000 folks a day, however their present tempo has averaged out to simply over 1,100 as an alternative. In the meantime, estimates within the media have put the variety of US residents, everlasting residents and their dependents nonetheless in Afghanistan at anyplace between 5,000 and 15,000.
Kirby and Taylor have been likewise unable to inform reporters how most of the 7,000 evacuated thus far have been Americans, solely that extra folks might have gone out utilizing civilian and constitution flights out of HKIA.
“I wouldn’t have a breakdown,” Kirby replied. “I think that over time, as our manifesting course of will get extra refined, we might be able to be there, however we don’t have that particular breakdown.”
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To the cheap query of how the Pentagon can plan the evacuations with out figuring out the precise variety of folks, Kirby replied that US residents aren’t required to register with the embassy, so there isn’t any method to get a “excellent, correct depend.”
The US Embassy in Kabul – which is working out of the airport – despatched out a safety alert on Wednesday urging Individuals to make their method to the airport, however solely after they submit their paperwork and obtain a affirmation e mail. Evacuees have been additionally advised to convey no multiple purse, if there’s room, and that flights might be on a first-come, first-served foundation.
Whereas HKIA is presently held by round 5,200 US troops, entry to the airport is ringed by Taliban checkpoints.
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