Blinken: Another 1,500 Americans need evacuation from Afghanistan

Blinken: Another 1,500 Americans need evacuation from Afghanistan

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday, that about 1,500 Americans remain in Afghanistan awaiting their evacuation.

The Biden administration continues to pursue efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies until the August 31st deadline for a complete exit from the country.

Blinken said the US has evacuated 82,300 people, including 4,500 with US passports, since August 14, the day before the Taliban took over Kabul and completed their takeover of Afghanistan.

He warned that the number American evacuees change almost every hour.

According to Blinken, American diplomats are in direct contact with 500 of the 1,500 Americans and have given them instructions on how to safely get to the airport.

» As for the remaining approximately 1,000 contacts that we had and which may be American As we seek to leave Afghanistan, we persistently reach out to them several times a day through multiple communication channels, telephone, email, text messages to determine if they still want to leave and receive the latest information and instructions on how to do it. » .

Earlier, Biden made it clear that he does not intend to change the deadline for evacuation, set for August 31.