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As Veterans Process End of Afghanistan War, Pentagon to Sort Through Lessons Learned

Two weeks ago to the day, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs told reporters it was too soon to start the after-action reports on what went wrong in 20 years of deployments to Afghanistan. Wednesday, days out from the final flight of U.S. troops out of Kabul’s airport, Pentagon leadership signaled its time to get […]
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Afghanistan Airlift Ops Have Rescued 101,300 From Kabul

U.S. military and chartered aircraft have evacuated 101,300 people from Kabul, and almost 96,000 of those were airlifted out in just the last 12 days. More at Government Executive
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US Says 1,500 Americans May Still Await Kabul Evacuation

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that as many as 1,500 Americans may be awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan, a figure that suggests the U.S. may accomplish its highest priority for the Kabul airlift — rescuing U.S. citizens — ahead of President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline. Read the full post at Federal News Network
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US Troops Surge Evacuations out of Kabul But Threats Persist

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military reported its biggest day of evacuation flights out of Afghanistan by far on Monday, but deadly violence that has blocked many desperate evacuees from entering Kabul’s airport persisted, and the Taliban signaled they might soon seek to shut down the evacuation. Twenty-eight U.S. military flights ferried about 10,400 people […]
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Organizations Urge Expansion of Visa Program to Help Subcontractor and Subgrantee Employees Leave Afghanistan

Contractor organizations and nonprofit groups are calling for the expansion of visa eligibility to cover employees of subcontractors and subgrantees in Afghanistan as they attempt to join the often “complicated” and “bureaucratic” evacuation process that got even more challenging with explosions outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport Thursday. More at Government Executive
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US Troops, Afghans Killed by Explosion at Kabul Airport, Pentagon Says

In the final days of U.S. evacuation operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, an explosion has killed “a number” of U.S. troops and Afghans, the Pentagon said Thursday. Source:  Defense One: US Troops, Afghans Killed by Explosion at Kabul Airport, Pentagon Says
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Civilian Feds in the Afghanistan Evacuation

Eric Katz joins the podcast to discuss how civilian agencies are responding and processing Americans and Afghans leaving the country. More at Government Executive
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US Flights Out of Afghanistan Set to ‘Increase Significantly’ as Aug. 31 Deadline Nears

More than 230 Air Force cargo, tanker aircraft are evacuating Americans, Afghans from Kabul. More at Government Executive
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Why Was the Administration So Slow to Evacuate US Allies in Afghanistan?

The Afghans were not ready to leave. That was how President Joe Biden, in his address to the nation on Monday, tried to explain why his administration had not acted sooner, and faster, to evacuate America’s allies from Afghanistan ahead of the Taliban’s rapid march to Kabul. More at Defense One
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Biden Says U.S. Will Stay in Afghanistan Until All Americans Who Want to Leave...

President Joe Biden on Wednesday committed to making sure every American who wants to evacuate Afghanistan gets out, even if that means missing his hard-set deadline of Aug. 31 for the full withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. More at Politico
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