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Refugees disembark from a U.S. Air Force aircraft after an evacuation flight from Kabul at the Rota Naval Base on Aug. 31. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Friday that at least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan.

Why it matters: The effort to evacuate more Afghans is part of what Mayorkas called an "enduring commitment" to help those who aided Americans and those who are vulnerable under Taliban rule.

  • The United States has flown at least 23,876 Afghans to the U.S. since the Kabul airlift began, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said earlier in the week.
  • The administration had previously declined to provide any data as to how many of the roughly 123,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan had traveled to the U.S.
  • President Biden on Friday appointed Jack Markell, a former governor of Delaware, to temporarily lead the Afghan resettlement effort in the United States.

What they're saying: Mayorkas said there was no set limit or a specific time frame on finishing the evacuations.

  • “Our commitment is an enduring one,” he told reporters. “This is not just a matter of the next several weeks. We will not rest until we have accomplished the ultimate goal.”

Go deeper: Biden taps former Delaware governor to lead Afghan resettlement in the U.S.

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Zalmay Khalilzad steps down as Afghanistan envoy

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Zalmay Khalilzad stepped down as special envoy for Afghanistan peace talks on Monday, two months after the Taliban seized control of Kabul in a disastrous conclusion to the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

Why it matters: Khalilzad was the architect of the Trump administration's 2019 peace deal with the Taliban, which the head of U.S. Central Command called "the primary accelerant to lowering morale and general efficiency of the Afghan military."

3 hours ago - Health

FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."