The White House has confirmed that US authorities will launch private flights in July to evacuate Afghan citizens who have worked with the United States as translators or in other positions.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the air evacuation of Afghans who applied for special visas to the United States because of a risk to their lives after working with the US occupation, would begin in the last week of July.
“The reason we’ve taken these steps is because these are valiant people, and we want to ensure that we recognise and evaluate the role they’ve played over the past several years,” Psaki said.
The official explained that she could not provide accurate information on the number of Afghans to be covered by the operation due to security reasons.
On April 30, the United States announced the start of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghan territory, in accordance with President Joe Biden’s plan.
As the operation draws to a close, with 95% now completed, the Taliban has intensified its large-scale military campaign against Afghan government positions along several fronts in the country.