The White House stated Wednesday that approximately 19,000 Afghans were evacuated by U.S. military forces and allies.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. is on track to evacuate all American and allied citizens, as well as Afghans eligible for special immigrant visas or otherwise at risk of persecution by the Taliban, out of the country by Aug. 31.
“The quicker we can complete, the better. The president stated that each day of operations carries more risk for our troops.
According to Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, the deadline of Aug. 31 must be met. The U.S. military will have to stop evacuating civilians from the airport before the final troop withdrawal. This means that the deadline for refugees and other humanitarians to be evacuated is closer than the official ending of American presence on ground.
Kabul in a new era for women
Soon after the American flag in Kabul was lowered, the beating started.
Taliban fighters tracked down a women’s rights activist and politician in Afghanistan. She recalled that they covered her face with their hands and took her away from her home.
After the event was over, blood splattered her forehead and drew over her eyes, mending her hair with every drop of blood that escaped from her scalp.
The second beating followed. She was then dropped off near Kabul’s airport and was given an ultimatum: “Leave or be killed” if she was found by the Taliban again