Tuesday, July 23, 2024

34,000 Afghans still living on military bases of US

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Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy
Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.

Spokesman of the Pentagon John Kirby said that there are still 34,000 Afghan evacuees who are living in seven US military bases now after three months of evacuation.

Initially, there were 53,150 Afghan refugees housed in eight military bases of the US among them Fort Lee stopped operations and now left only seven of those bases.

As per information, nearly 20,000 Afghan evacuees have so far been processed and are now living in different states of the US.

“We now have we have fewer Afghans on military bases than ever before, and more now have processed out than we have waiting to get processed,” Kirby said.

Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Fort Pickett and Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia are the installations that have house Afghans since the completion of the US withdrawal on August 30.

John Kirby said that majority of the Afghans who had come to the US have now been processed out of camps but did not say anything about how long the mission in military camps will continue and which camp will be the next to end its refugee support operation.

 In the meantime, there are still thousands of SIV, P1, and P2 applicants left in Afghanistan. Most of them have been processed but are stuck in the country due to a lack of flights.

The US has lately announced that they do not plan another round of evacuation but will take the people in regular flights out of Afghanistan.

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