Biden Admin Orders Commercial Airlines To Help With Afghanistan Evacuation Effort

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The Biden administration’s Department of Defense ordered several commercial airline companies on Sunday morning to help with the Afghanistan pull-out, an effort that has thus far been hampered by the Taliban’s swift takeover of the capital city of Kabul. Civilian commercial airliners will not be ordered to go into Afghanistan. Rather, the airplanes will be used to transport people who have already been evacuated out of the country — and are currently in “temporary safe havens” or “interim staging bases” — and take them to other places. [T]he interim locations to which the civilian airplanes will travel are likely nations near Afghanistan, such as Qatar and the UAE. “Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF),” said the department, which last activated the reserve fleet early during in the war. “CRAF activation provides the Department of Defense access to commercial air mobility resources to augment our support to the Department of State in the evacuation of U.S. citizens and personnel, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan.”

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