(210906) -- KABUL, Sept. 6, 2021 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Sept. 6, 2021 shows a plane at the airport in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's flag carrier airline Ariana Afghan Airlines has resumed domestic flights, a local television channel reported Sunday. (Photo by Saifurahman Safi/Xinhua) (Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA)
New York, NY (77WABC)- The US is starting to get creative in how they evacuate Americans out of Afghanistan as the urgency to flee is increasing. As of today, it’s been reported that 100 Americans are still left (despite the August 31st deadline) according to White House Chief of Staff, Ron Klain.
It’s reported that the US helped facilitate four Americans out of Kabul today via routing them to a third, unnamed country, before returning them to US soil at a later date. State officials claim these are the first Americans that have been evacuated in this manner since the start of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. It’s reported that the Americans were ‘welcomed with open arms.’
In the ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, Klain stated “We are going to find ways to get them — the ones that want to leave — to get them out of Afghanistan. We know many of them have family members, many of them want to stay, but the ones that want to leave, we’re going to get them out.”
Today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley saw firsthand the work military, NGO & German partners at #Ramstein Air Base are doing to care for & transport evacuees from #Afghanistan as part of #OperationAlliesRefuge @thejointstaff #AfgEvac @DeptofDefense pic.twitter.com/y1AUcSuF7G
— Ramstein Air Base (@RamsteinAirBase) September 4, 2021