Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, more than 82,000 people have been evacuated by plane from Kabul by the United States, but the Pentagon reported that as of Wednesday, only 4,400 are Americans, according to Fox News reporter Lucas Tomilson.
Tomilson is in charge of covering the Pentagon for the network and shared on Twitter a post where he provides this information.
This same information was shared by OANN producer Stephanie Myers, saying that it was Pentagon press secretary John Kirby who gave that number of American evacuees.
These 4,400 people represent 5% of the total number of evacuees and time is pressing ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal set by U.S. President Biden.
In the face of people’s desperation to leave Afghanistan, Erik Prince, a former spy and founder of Blackwater, a U.S. entity that offers security services and charges high prices for each person it transports, has appeared on the scene.
Prince offers chartered planes from outside the country in which each seat costs $6,500, while the governments of different countries warn that the airport runways will only be available until tomorrow, according to a The Wall Street Journal report on Aug. 25.
Chaos has characterized the flight of Westerners living in Afghanistan, and it seems that not all of them will be transported, not only because of the insufficient time available but also because of the obstacles imposed by the Taliban checkpoints that control the movements inside the country.
Although there are private companies offering land transport, the controls established by the Taliban make it difficult to leave the territory.
Although tens of thousands of people have already been transported, most of them are Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. missions in their country. It is estimated that around 300,000 will not be able to be evacuated.
It should also be noted that today there was an explosion near Kabul airport that left at least 12 US soldiers and at least 60 Afghani’s dead with many dozens injured.
It should be noted that several countries fear for security in Afghanistan and yesterday Poland became the first Western nation to end its rescue operations.
As reported by the Associated Press, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz stated the following:
“After a long analysis of reports on the security situation, we cannot risk the lives of our diplomats and of our soldiers any longer.”
Przydacz said some troops would stay longer to conclude operations. Poland deployed more than a dozen planes to ferry hundreds of evacuees to Warsaw, and some of them will move on to other nations.
After the Taliban warned that there would be “consequences,” the slight consideration of extending the deadline was thwarted, as President Joe Biden said he would respect the date.
According to The Guardian, France and Germany are not ruling out the possibility that their bailout effort will end this Thursday. Hungary, although it has not announced any specific date, is also nearing the end of its mission.