Blinken: 'About 340' Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan since US withdrawal

“Since August 31, as of today, we’ve gotten out — of the Americans left who said that they wanted to leave — about 340,” Blinken advised CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

“What’s happened since is this: more people have come forward in two ways. There were some small number of Americans in Afghanistan who didn’t want to leave who have now seen that we’ve successfully been able to get some of the few remaining Americans out who have now come forward and said, ‘We do want to leave,’ and there are a couple hundred of those who are ready to leave and we will work to get them out,” Blinken stated, including that another Americans whom the division had not beforehand recognized as potential evacuees have additionally come ahead asking for assist to depart the nation.

The feedback from Blinken come two months after the US completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation. Though the overwhelming majority of Americans within the nation have been airlifted out in a frantic evacuation effort forward of the August 31 exit deadline, some remaining residents have left since then with the assistance of the State Department.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated earlier this month the division has fashioned a staff to coordinate throughout authorities companies and with exterior teams to facilitate the departure of American residents, authorized everlasting residents of the US, and Afghans.

The precariousness of the scenario was underscored earlier this month after most evacuation flights scheduled to depart Afghanistan throughout one week have been canceled abruptly, in line with a State Department e mail despatched to US residents within the nation that was reviewed by CNN. The e mail didn’t say why the flights had been canceled and advised the recipients to “be ready to travel on short notice,” given how shortly the scenario has been evolving.

Blinken, who famous on Sunday that lots of the remaining Americans in Afghanistan are nonetheless there as a result of their “entire lives” are within the nation, reiterated that the US’ dedication to evacuating its residents will go on for so long as it must.

“There’s no deadline to this effort. We’ll continue to get them out,” the secretary stated.

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