The US military has now helped evacuate more than 80,000 people out of Kabul since the Taliban took control of the capital city earlier this month.
According to the latest numbers from the White House, about 19,000 people were evacuated between 3 am ET yesterday and 3 am ET today.
“This is the result of 42 US military flights (37 C-17s and 5 C-130s) which carried approximately 11,200 evacuees, and 48 coalition flights which carried 7,800 people,” a White House official told the press pool.
“Since August 14, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 82,300 people on US military and coalition flights. Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 87,900 people on US military and coalition flights.”
Some US allies have pushed Joe Biden to extend the August 31 deadline to complete the evacuation mission, but he indicated yesterday that he believed the military could complete the operation by the end of the month.
“We are currently on a pace to finish by August the 31st,” Biden said at the White House yesterday. “The sooner we can finish, the better. Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.”