US says it will focus on withdrawal of military and equipment from Kabul before August 31

More than 10,000 people are currently awaiting evacuation at Kabul airport

US says it will focus on withdrawal of military and equipment from Kabul before August 31
U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen Senior Airman Corey Farr(right) and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Diola(center) and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Fleming of the 66th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron pull security after exiting an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an operational training exercise in Iraq on Sept. 19. (cleared for release)(Photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon)

 

The U.S. Defense Department will focus on the withdrawal of troops and military equipment in the final days before the evacuation operation from Kabul airport, scheduled for August 31. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said this at a regular briefing for journalists on Wednesday.

“We will continue to withdraw [evacuees] until the very end <…> in the last couple of days we will begin to prioritise the withdrawal of military capabilities and military assets. That doesn’t mean that if you want to evacuate, we won’t try to get you out”, –  the spokesman said.

General Hank Taylor, who, among other things, is responsible for the logistics of evacuation operations out of Kabul, who spoke with him, said more than 10,000 people were currently waiting at Kabul airport to be evacuated.

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