- Title: Evacuees from Afghanistan continue to arrive in U.S. after Kabul airport blasts
- Date: 27th August 2021
- Summary: DULLES, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) WIDE OF EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN WALKING THROUGH AIRPORT TO THE EXIT BOY HOLDING MAN'S HAND WALKING TOWARDS AIRPORT EXIT (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAN EVACUATED FROM AFGHANISTAN, MOMTAZ, SAYING: "In Kabul we faced too many problems, and also the people are facing too many problems. Yesterday I heard a bomb blasted, and also lots of my people, my residents, they died. So I am very sorry for them. I was interpreter for 10 years, and also this is my last chance that I came to the United States." EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN, MOMTAZ AND HIS FAMILY, EXITING AIRPORT AND WALKING TO BUS EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN BOARDING BUS WOMAN AND CHILD BOARDING BUS EVACUEE FROM AFGHANISTAN CARRYING LITTLE BOY AS HE WALKS THROUGH AIRPORT EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN EXITING AIRPORT EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN WALKING TO BUS OUTSIDE AIRPORT CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN EXITING DULLES EXPO CENTER AND WALKING TO BUS WOMAN WALKING TO BUS WOMAN CARRYING CHILD WALKING TO BUS, FOLLOWED BY MAN WITH TWO CHILDREN CLOSE ON U.S. SOLDIERS STANDING BY BUS CHILD WASHING HER FACE IN OUTDOOR SINK WITH WOMAN STANDING NEXT TO HER EVACUEES FROM AFGHANISTAN WALKING TOWARDS BUS, WITH U.S. SOLDIER LEADING THEM AND HOLDING THE HAND OF A SMALL GIRL BUSES EXITING OUTSIDE OF DULLES EXPO CENTER
- Embargoed: 10th September 2021 19:34
- Keywords: Afghanistan Biden administration Dulles airport ISIS Kabul airport Taliban evacuees
- Location: DULLES & CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- City: DULLES & CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,United States,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA001ES24N5Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Evacuees from Afghanistan continued to arrive at Dulles Airport in Virginia on Friday (August 27), as the U.S. and its allies prepare to wrap up their evacuation operations from Kabul airport.
The White House said about 12,500 people were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday, raising the total evacuees amid the Taliban takeover of Kabul to roughly 105,000 since Aug. 14.
One man who arrived with his family said the situation in Kabul had become very difficult.
"I was interpreter for 10 years, and also this is my last chance that I came to the United States," said the man, who gave his name as Momtaz.
Evacuations have resumed after two blasts killed scores of people, including 13 U.S. soldiers, outside the gates of Kabul airport Thursday (August 26) evening, with troops on alert for more possible attacks.
Evacuees also continued to be processed through the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly Virginia on Friday, from where they are being sent to temporary housing at military bases around the United States.
U.S. military forces, who have guarded the airport in Kabul, are due to withdraw by the Aug. 31 deadline set by U.S. President Joe Biden, leaving a vacuum.
As the August 31 deadline approaches, Afghans trying to leave the country are finding the few remaining exits slamming shut.
Several European Union countries say they have ended evacuation operations from Kabul, and the United States has said that by Monday it will prioritize the removal of its last troops and military equipment.
(Production: Greg Savoy; Kevin Fogarty; Ashraf Fahim)
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