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US evacuates four Americans overland to third country

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In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammed Rasool, the newly-elected leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, in Farah province, Afghanistan. (Uncredited/AP)

US evacuates four Americans overland to third country

September 06, 03:29 PM September 06, 03:30 PM

The United States evacuated four U.S. citizens from Afghanistan to a third country using an overland route, according to a State Department official.

A State Department official told the Hill that “our embassy greeted the Americans as they crossed the border into the third country.”

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President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that there are roughly 100 Americans remaining in Afghanistan. He added that “I know some are coming out by land,” and “we are continuing to work on efforts to get them out by air as well. We’re going to continue to move those SIVs out of the country.”

The U.S. evacuated over 120,000 people through August as they withdrew troops and diplomats.

The Biden administration has received strong criticism, including from fellow Democrats, over the many problems that plagued the evacuation process. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat, tweeted: “There’s no way to hide it. The situation in Afghanistan is another shame on this admin. Withdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to come to this.”

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement: “To say that today is anything short of a disaster would be dishonest.”

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Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, announced on Aug. 30 the “completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens,” ending the nearly 20-year war.

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