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August 30, 2021 - USTRANSCOM: Since August 14th there have been about 116,700 people evacuated from Afghanistan. Since the end of July we have re-located about 122,300 people. Read more
August 24, 2021 - The Biden administration has confirmed that there is a risk of an ISIS-K terrorist attack in Afghanistan who may attempt to exploit the situation and target troops or civilians as U.S. troops continue to evacuate Americans and Afghans from the country. Read more
USTRANSCOM: Since August 14th 116,700 Evacuated From Afghanistan - USTRANSCOM: Since August 14th there have been about 116,700 people evacuated from Afghanistan. Since the end of July we have re-located about 122,300 people.
TRANSCOM Commander Vows To Ramp Up One Of Largest Airlift Operations Ever - The commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) has vowed to ramp up one of the largest airlift operations ever as the U.S. Military coordinates evacuation flights out of Afghanistan in order to meet the August 31st deadline which the Taliban have called their "red line".
Army General Stephen Lyons, the commander of TRANSCOM said on Monday, "I’m very, very confident that we’ll sustain that effort, and improve that effort, to be honest with you. My commitment is to ensure that airlift is never the constraint in this operation.".
At a Pentagon briefing Lyons said that the U.S. Military has "well over 200 aircraft" assigned to Afghanistan at the moment, which includes C-17 transport jets, KC-46 Pegasus and KC-10 tanker aircraft to refuel the cargo planes on the long trips.
Lyons talked about how tired the aircrew are, "I won’t lie to you, they’re tired. They’re probably exhausted in some cases. "I know that the leaders from time to time are pulling crews out to make sure we don’t have safety issues, but they are motivated, they are fired up, and they are committed to complete this mission".
The airlifts won't be scaling back in the last week of August according to Lyons, as he vowed to stay "razor-focused on clearing the Kabul International Airport of every evacuee that can move.
"We’d never want to leave Kabul airport on an empty plane, or even a partially full plane, if we can avoid it. We’re filling the aircraft to about 400, 450 passengers [on the floor seated]."