According to The Wall Street Journal, the United States has carried out at least three operations in which its citizens have been picked up by helicopters at Hamid Karzai Airport.
The United States CIA and the US military are operating outside Kabul airport to evacuate Americans in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). The covert operation utilizes helicopters, among other things.
The CIA has launched operations to rescue Americans, some in Kabul and some outside. Operations have been carried out in recent days, the WSJ says. Military helicopters are used in the operations, but they are under CIA command. According to the magazine, this system is typical of such tasks.
The task is considered very dangerous. The WSJ story states that the United States has put its own citizens first over the Afghans who have worked for the United States.
The United States Press Secretary, Ministry of Defense John Kirby reported earlier Wednesday on an operation in which an army transported less than twenty Americans by air to Hamid Karzai Airport. Kirby did not comment on where people were transferred, what kind of helicopter was used, or why people had to be picked up at the airport.
Within a week, U.S. troops had conducted at least two other similar operations that had rescued a total of 185 U.S. personnel.
In the second operation, 16 Americans were rescued, and on Friday last week, an operation was reported in which 169 Americans were brought to Kabul Airport by helicopter.
In the larger operation, the people to be evacuated had gathered at a hotel about 1.5 miles from the airport. The intention was for people to walk to the airport, but because of the large crowd reaching the airport, the United States searched for its citizens by helicopter.
Foreign minister Antony Blinken held a press conference on Wednesday night in Finnish time, in which he said the United States was “aggressively” seeking less than a thousand more Americans in Afghanistan who might need to be evacuated.
According to the Secretary of State, when the evacuations began, there were 6,000 Americans in the country who wanted to leave the Taliban-occupied country.
A total of more than 82,300 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, Blinken said.
Foreign minister He also said the Taliban will allow U.S. and endangered Afghans to leave the country after the last day of August. The United States is due to leave Afghanistan on August 31.
According to Blinken, the United States will use all diplomatic and economic instruments to ensure that those who want to leave Afghanistan can leave after 31 August. Those who want to leave the country will be helped “for as long as they need to,” Blinken said.
Blinken’s comments were reported by news agencies AFP and Reuters.