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U.S. Navy soldiers helping evacuate Afghans. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

Roughly half of the Afghan refugees housed temporarily at U.S. military bases are children under the age of 18, according to a letter from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Sen. James Inhofe obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: This is among the many challenges when it comes to the government's Afghan resettlement effort.

According to Austin's letter, 34% of the refugee population were adult men and 22% were adult women.

Of note: The letter was dated Oct. 8. As of Tuesday, there were some 55,000 people at Department of Defense installations across eight sites, according to DHS officials.

  • DHS said 6% are U.S. citizens and 5% are lawful permanent residents. 89% are other Afghan nationals, including visa holders, special immigrant visa holders and applicants and other vulnerable Afghans.  

What they're saying: "I’m glad we finally have some of the answers my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee and I have been asking for about who we evacuated and how the Department of Defense is supporting these evacuees," Inhofe wrote in a statement emailed to Axios.

  • "It’s clear the department faces challenges ahead in this regard, and I intend to watch this process closely," Inhofe added.

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State Department issues first passport with "X" gender marker

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The State Department announced Wednesday that it has issued the first U.S. passport with an "X" gender marker.

Driving the news: The announcement comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in June the department had started plans to add a gender marker for individuals who do not identify as either male or female, according to a state department spokesperson.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.