Biden says 11,000 flown from Kabul over weekend

AP , Tuesday 24 Aug 2021

In the US president's words: ‘We're working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. That's our mission. That's our goal’

Kabul evacuation
Families begin to board a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. AP

President Joe Biden says 11,000 individuals were evacuated from Kabul over the weekend and he remains committed to assisting all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan get out.

Biden added Sunday that his first priority is getting American citizens out of Afghanistan ‘as quickly and safely as possible’.

In the president's words: ‘We're working hard and as fast as we can to get people out. That's our mission. That's our goal’.

Biden also says he is also activating the civilian reserve air fleet provided by commercial airlines to help move evacuees from third country waystations on to the United States.

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