Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby mentioned that up to 22,000 “at-risk” Afghans could be transported to three U.S. amenities within the coming weeks.
“Our aim at these three facilities would be over time, three to four weeks from now, be able to provide support for up to 22,000 at-risk individuals,” Kirby mentioned throughout a press briefing Monday. “We will not have that capacity immediately. It will take some time to build it out.”
Kirby mentioned that there are presently 2,500 U.S. forces on the bottom in Kabul, with extra troops on the best way that can deliver that quantity to over 3,000 within the subsequent 24 hours.
Those troops will be aiding within the evacuation of Americans who’re nonetheless on the bottom in Afghanistan, in addition to the doubtless 22,000 at-risk Afghans.
Kirby mentioned that there have been “several hundred people flown out” of the nation to this point, and estimated that the U.S. could fly as many as “5,000 or maybe even more out per day” on “literally a couple dozen or more sorties.”
“I’m being intentionally careful with the estimates because, again, it’s a fluid situation and it is going to change day by day,” Kirby mentioned. “But our goal would be once safety and security is — can be resumed at the airport, to begin to flow from the military side, multiple sorties a day with the hope of getting thousands of people out per day.”
Kirby mentioned that the objective nonetheless stays to take away all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by August 31, although he would not speculate on whether or not or not the present mission may need to go on for an extended interval.
“The president’s made it clear that he wants this drawdown complete by the 31st. That’s what we’re driving at,” Kirby mentioned. “Beyond that, I think we’ll just have to take it as it comes. I’m not going to speculate.”