State Department Says 250 Americans Are Still Trying to Leave Afghanistan

The State Department said on Sunday that around 250 Americans are still trying to leave Afghanistan with just days left before a Tuesday deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the nation.

A department spokesperson said in a statement that some of those Americans may be traveling to Hamid Karzai International Airport or could already be there now.

Since Aug. 14, almost 5,550 Americans and possibly more have been safely evacuated out of Afghanistan, the spokesperson added, including around 50 within the last day. About 280 self-identifying Americans have been in contact with the State Department who have either decided against leaving the country or remain undecided, the spokesperson noted.

The Pentagon confirmed on Saturday that the U.S. had begun withdrawing the last remaining forces out of the Kabul airport.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Caroline Vakil

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