White House confirms 21 more Americans evacuated from Afghanistan

The U.S. citizens were safely evacuated from Afghanistan despite the Taliban restricting flights
U.S. and Afghan troops battle Taliban in Kunar Province
U.S. and Afghan troops battle Taliban in Kunar Province
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An additional 21 U.S. citizens were successfully evacuated on Friday from Afghanistan via a chartered flight out of Qatar, the White House said.

“Today the United States government facilitated the additional departures of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents both on a chartered Qatar Airways flight from Kabul and via overland passage to a neighboring country,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement Friday afternoon.

According to The Hill, the successful evacuation effort was no small feat, especially since the Taliban banned flights from leaving Kabul for the next few days. 

So far the Biden administration has not offered specific figures on the number of U.S. citizens seeking to leave the country amid the Taliban takeover. Officials at the State Department said the number is around 100. 

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has been urging the Taliban to allow charter flights into Kabul. This new request comes amid concerns that the Taliban have been blocking American’s from leaving.

The White House says it is coordinating with the Taliban to ensure that every American citizen gets home safely.