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Data: Department of Defense and Axios research; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The U.S. has been scrambling not only to evacuate thousands of people each day from Kabul's international airport, but also to find and prepare places for them to go.

Why it matters: Insufficient processing capacity was a major hurdle early in the evacuation process, and is still an issue as the number of evacuees rises. But the Pentagon says 14 "temporary safe havens" are now available in the Gulf and Europe, and that number is likely to grow.

The big picture: The U.S. has evacuated over 80,000 people from Kabul since Aug. 14, most of them Afghans. But they have not been taken directly to the U.S.

  • Most U.S. military flights out of Kabul go to one of three hubs in Qatar, Bahrain or Germany. There are also secondary sites in the UAE and Kuwait and at U.S. military installations in Germany, Italy and Spain.
  • Overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar forced the administration to accelerate its efforts to open additional facilities and to establish Ramstein Air Base in Germany as a second major hub.

While at those temporary facilities, Afghans will be vetted for security concerns and to ensure their eligibility to enter the U.S. or other third countries.

  • Those who hold U.S. visas or have completed the Special Immigrant Visa application process can be quickly cleared.
  • It remains unclear how long others might wait. The administration is dispatching diplomats as well as intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism officials to expedite the process.

Those who are cleared to travel to the U.S. are being flown to Dulles airport near Washington, D.C., and then on to one of four U.S. military bases in New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Additional U.S. bases are expected to be added.

  • The administration has not provided updated numbers of how many Afghans have entered the U.S.

Details: Asked by Axios for a full list of the facilities in Europe and the Gulf that are or will be temporarily hosting Afghans, a Pentagon spokesman referred Axios to a list of the participating countries but did not provide additional details.

  • According to various media reports, they include Rhine Ordnance Barracks and Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany; Naval Air Station Sigonella and Aviano Air Base in Italy; Naval Station Rota and Moron de la Frontera in Spain; Al-Dhafra Air Base in the UAE and Ali Al Saleem Air Base in Kuwait in addition to the larger hubs.

Go deeper: 14 steps to America for Afghan allies.

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Scoop: Milley's blunt private blame for the State Department

Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

In a classified briefing with senators on Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley directly blamed the State Department for a botched evacuation from Afghanistan, saying officials "waited too long" to order the operation out of Kabul's airport, two sources with direct knowledge of the briefing told Axios.

Why it matters: Those private remarks were far more blunt than Milley's public testimony, in which the nation's top general said the issue of whether the order should have been given earlier is an "open question that needs further exploration."

Updated 2 hours ago - World

Reports: Brazil leader to be accused of crimes against humanity over COVID

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate panel will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with "crimes against humanity," alleging his COVID-19 pandemic response led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, per the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The latest: The lawmakers initially said Bolsonaro should be charged with mass homicide and genocide, but lawmakers updated the report to replace these recommendations with the new charge, its lead author, Sen. Renan Calheiros, told the NYT.

California governor declares drought emergency for entire state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speakinng to reporters in Los Angeles in September. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover the entire state on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures," per a statement from the governor's office. This past August was the driest and hottest one on record, "and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record," the statement added.