Published On: Fri, Aug 20th, 2021

US Troops Carried Out Operation to Rescue 169 Americans in Kabul

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American troops left the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, this week and rescued 169 Americans, officials said Friday. The operation took place on Wednesday or Thursday, President Joe Biden said while answering questions at the White House. U.S. troops saw the Americans outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport and decided to act, Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon. The group was “very close to to the perimeter of the airport, very close, and in a short amount of time, with a short amount of distance, some of our troops were able to go out there and bring them in,” he said. Pressed for more details, Kirby said he wasn’t aware of the tactical details, such as whether guns were drawn, or any similar operations. The mission was significant because it’s the first time, according to U.S. officials, that American troops have left the U.S.-held airport to rescue Americans. …

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