U.S. Evacuated 6,800 People From Kabul in 24 Hours, Says White House

The U.S. evacuated around 6,800 people from the Afghan capital of Kabul between August 27 and August 28, according to the White House, as efforts to get U.S. citizens and U.S. Afghan allies out of the country continue.

A White House official issued a statement on evacuation numbers via the White House press pool early on Saturday and also provided an estimate for those evacuated since August 14. The Taliban took Afghanistan on August 15.

"From August 27 at 3:00 AM EDT to August 28 at 3:00 AM EDT, a total of approximately 6,800 people were evacuated from Kabul," the official said.

These evacuations took place over the 24-hour period on Friday and early Saturday following the deadly bombing near Kabul airport on Thursday that killed 13 U.S. troops and over 100 Afghans.

"This is the result of 32 US military flights (27 C-17s and 5 C-130s) which carried approximately 4,000 evacuees, and 34 coalition flights which carried 2,800 people," the statement went on.

"Since August 14, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 111,900 people. Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 117,500 people," the statement said.

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The U.S. has continued its evacuation efforts in Kabul ahead of the August 31 deadline for the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Many western nations have already concluded their evacuation operations and left the country.

According to CNN's White House Correspondent John Harwood, the Pentagon said 5,400 of the estimated 6,000 Americans who remained in Afghanistan on August 14 have now been evacuated.

In a tweet, Harwood said it was "unclear how many Americans there still want to leave."

The U.K.'s evacuations will end on Saturday, according to General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the British armed forces, while British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace admitted on Friday that between 800 and 1,100 Afghans eligible to leave will be left behind.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby took to Twitter on Thursday to dispute reports that U.S. forces would be leaving the country before the August 31 deadline, though these comments came before the bombing at Kabul airport.

"Evacuation operations in Kabul will not be wrapping up in 36 hours. We will continue to evacuate as many people as we can until the end of the mission," Kirby said on Thursday.

Concerns remain for American citizens who may be left behind after the August 31 deadline with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and fellow Republican Representative Mike Waltz calling on President Joe Biden to support a "safe zone" in the country's Panjshir Valley, which is currently controlled by anti-Taliban resistance fighters.

UPDATE 08/28/21 10.55am E.T.: This article was updated to include more information.

Passengers Enter a U.S. Evacuation Flight
In this handout provided by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force loadmasters and pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, load passengers aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) on August 24, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The U.S. evacuated around 6,800 between August 27 and 28. Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa/Getty Images