Oct 7, 2021 - World

Americans, allies stranded in Afghanistan's Mazar-e Sharif airport have been evacuated

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All Americans stranded in the Mazar-e Sharif airport in Afghanistan have been evacuated and have landed in Qatar, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced Thursday and a senior State Department official has confirmed.

The big picture: With the Kabul airport closed, people instead went to the Mazar-e Sharif airport. Blumenthal had been vocally frustrated with the administration about the delay in evacuating people from the country.

What they're saying: "Although the nearly 800 men, women and children on these two planes have now managed to escape to freedom, there remain hundreds just like them throughout Afghanistan," Blumenthal said in a statement to reporters.

  • "There are countless interpreters, journalists, development workers and civil rights advocates who are in severe danger because they sided and worked with U.S. troops, diplomats and organizations," the senator added.
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