- The US is initiating an operation to evacuate Afghans who assisted US troops in Afghanistan throughout the war.
- Flights out of Afghanistan will begin in the last week of July for people who have already applied for special immigrant visas (SIVs).
- No further information on when the evacuations will begin will be published, according to the statement, which cited “operational security” as an excuse.
- Officials also did not indicate where the Afghans will be dispatched.
Afghans who helped US troops during the war in Afghanistan face threats to their lives. Flights out of Afghanistan for those who are already getting visas will start in July. No further details on when evacuations will create will be released, officials say.
ACCORDING TO THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION, the US is initiating an effort to remove Afghans who assisted US troops during the Afghan war and are now facing Taliban threats to their lives.
According to a senior administration official quoted by The Hill, flights out of Afghanistan for people with special immigrant visas (SIVs) will begin in the last week of July.
The statement cited “operational security” as the reason for not providing more information on when the evacuations will begin. Officials also did not indicate where the Afghans will be dispatched.
“The United States is launching Operation Allies Refuge at President Joe Biden’s direction to support relocation flights for interested and eligible Afghan nationals and their families who have supported the United States and our partners in Afghanistan and are in the SIV application pipeline,” the official said.
“As the President stated, the United States is confident that Afghanistan’s Armed Forces have the tools and capability to defend their country,” the official added.
The Taliban’s attack against civilians has intensified, increasing violence in Afghanistan.
According to US Central Command, the evacuation is almost 95 percent complete. Gen. Scott Miller, the senior US commander in Afghanistan, left his post on Monday, marking one of the final significant stages in the pullout.
Meanwhile, the UN has raised worry about the amount of “severe human rights abuses” and violations reported in communities most affected by the country’s ongoing military onslaught.