US says around 1,500 Americans remain in Afghanistan

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Us Says Around 1,500 Americans Remain In Afghanistan Us Says Around 1,500 Americans Remain In Afghanistan
US soldiers stand guard at the airport tower near an evacuation control checkpoint during ongoing evacuations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP), © AP/Press Association Images
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By Associated Press Reporter

US secretary of state Antony Blinken said the administration believes about 1,500 American citizens remain in Afghanistan, 12 days into a massive US military airlift.

Mr Blinken said at a news conference that another 4,500 Americans have been evacuated in a US-run, round-the-clock operation since the Taliban reached the capital on August 14, completing a sudden rout of the US-backed Afghan government and military.

Mr Blinken’s count comes after days of pressing for official estimates of how many Americans remain to be safely got out of the country, ahead of a planned US troop withdrawal.

American officials are in contact with about 500 American citizens to try to get them safely out of the country, the US official said.


US secretary of state Antony Blinken (Alex Brandon/AP)

Mr Blinken described ongoing efforts to reach the final 1,000 Americans, ahead of the US withdrawal.

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“We’re aggressively reaching out to them multiple times a day, through multiple channels of communication, phone, email, text-messaging, to determine whether they still want to leave,” he said.

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