‘Unlikely’ Afghanistan Evacuation Will be Finished by Aug. 31 Deadline: SchiffEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

The United States will likely not complete evacuating Americans and others from Taliban-held Afghanistan by its self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Monday. “I think it’s possible but I think it’s very unlikely given the number of Americans who still need to be evacuated, the number of SIVs, the number of others who are members of the Afghan press, civil society leaders, women leaders,” Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, told reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. SIVs stands for Special Immigrant Visas. Schiff described himself as “encouraged” to see the number of people being flown out by U.S. military planes and charter flights increasing as time goes on, but said “logistical difficulties” in getting people to the airport in Kabul make it difficult to get everybody out by Aug. 31. “And I’m certainly of the view that we maintain a military presence as long as …Read More

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