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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House in July. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

About 100 Americans are still in Afghanistan following the Aug. 31 full U.S. troop withdrawal from the country, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said on CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday.

State of play: Klain said U.S. officials had been in regular contact with all of those found to be still in the country and the Biden administration was working to help those who want to leave Afghanistan.

What he's saying: "We're hopeful that, in the coming days, the Qataris will be able to resume air service out of Kabul," Klain told CNN's Dana Bash.

  • "And, if they do, we're obviously going to look to see if Americans can be part of those flights. We are going to find ways to get them ... out of Afghanistan," he added.

Of note: Klain said that U.S. officials were in "close communication" with contacts in Afghanistan to try and safely evacuate Special Immigrant Visa holders and other Afghan allies, following reports that many of these people had been left behind following the U.S. airlift from Kabul.

  • "I know some are coming out by land," Klain said. "We are continuing to work on efforts to get them out by air as well. We're going to continue to move those SIVs out of the country.
  • Klain added that the U.S. had "launched a historic airlift that brought 124,000 people out of Afghanistan," including U.S. and Afghan citizens.
"We're ultimately going to resettle them in Europe and the United States, and that's a big part of rescuing that SIV population."

Go deeper: Ron Klain doubts U.S. will ever recognize Taliban government

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Oct 19, 2021 - World

WHO, UNICEF to launch polio vaccine drive in Afghanistan

Afghan boys return to their homes after attending school in Chashma Dozak area of Badghis province on Oct. 16. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will launch a house-to-house vaccination campaign to inoculate children in Afghanistan against polio, the UN announced Monday.

Why it matters: The campaign, which begins Nov. 8 with the Taliban's backing, is the first such vaccine drive in over three years to reach all Afghan children, the press release noted.

Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

Photo: Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

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Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.