The Biden administration on Wednesday announced plans to evacuate Afghanistan citizens who assisted US troops in fighting the Taliban, dubbing the mission Operation Allies Refuge.
Flights out of the war-torn country will begin at the end of July ahead of the final withdrawal of US troops by Aug. 31.
A senior administration official said “the United States is launching Operation Allies Refuge to support relocation flights for interested and eligible Afghan nationals and their families who have supported the United States and our partners in Afghanistan.”
The official said that “flights out of Afghanistan for [special immigrant visa] applicants who are already in the pipeline will begin in the last week of July.”
President Biden has defended the US troop pullout while saying that many Afghan assistants won’t be able to immediately enter the US and will have to remain in third countries temporarily pending vetting.
Former President George W. Bush, who directed the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan after