Thousands of Afghans evacuated during US withdrawal pending resettlement

Less often acknowledged are the circumstances that led them here: that the once-defeated enemy of the United States, the Taliban, took control of the country as quickly as the United States removed its last troops, and that U.S.-affiliated Afghans were left acutely vulnerable and felt betrayed. Officials also avoid dwelling on the fact that the Afghans who live here are the lucky ones – those who arrived on evacuation planes, in the midst of panicked crowds, barricades and violence at Kabul International Airport. As Afghans ask what can be done to save the spouses, parents and children who did not catch a plane, US officials at Holloman say they have struggled to provide useful answers.

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