A gradual stream of US navy jets had been taking off and touchdown in Kabul on Monday even after rocket hearth focused the airport — because the White Home stated it had the capability to evacuate the remaining 300 US residents who need to go away forward of the looming Aug. 31 deadline.
US service members had been amongst these noticed getting on navy planes at Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport simply someday earlier than President Biden’s deadline hits.
It got here hours after 5 rockets focusing on the airport had been intercepted by a US anti-missile system. There have been no US casualties and the airfield continued to function evacuation flights, in keeping with US officers.
Biden’s nationwide safety adviser, Jake Sullivan, estimated there have been nonetheless about 300 People that stay in Afghanistan who need to evacuate.
“We’ve got the capability to have 300 People, which is roughly the quantity we expect are remaining, come to the airport and get on planes within the time that’s remaining,” he stated.
He added the US doesn’t plan to have an embassy presence after the US troop withdrawal is accomplished however vowed to ensure there was a “protected passage” for People or “these Afghans who helped us” after the Tuesday deadline.
The US is working with different nations within the area to maintain the airport open after the deadline, or reopen it in “a well timed vogue.”
US officers stated there are about 280 People nonetheless in Afghanistan who’ve informed the State Division they need to keep.
For the reason that Taliban took management of the nation two weeks in the past, about 114,000 folks have been evacuated.
Within the 24 hours ending Sunday morning, 2,900 had been evacuated on navy and allied flights out of Kabul.
The US carried out a drone strike in Kabul on Sunday that hit a automobile carrying a number of ISIS suicide bombers, officers stated.
The navy drone fired a Hellfire missile on the automobile in a compound after two people had been noticed loading explosives into the trunk, in keeping with the US officers.
These two people are believed to have been killed. An Afghan official stated three youngsters had been additionally killed within the drone strike.
It’s the second airstrike the US carried out towards ISIS in latest days after the group claimed responsibly for the suicide bombing that killed 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans on the airport.
The Pentagon stated a drone mission in jap Afghanistan killed two ISIS members early Saturday in retaliation for the airport bombing.