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Klain’s new evaluation comes almost a week after the U.S. military withdrew all of its service members from Afghanistan, ending the United States's longest war.
“We believe it’s around a hundred. We’re in touch with all of them who we’ve identified on a regular basis,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
The administration is “hopeful that in the coming days the Qataris will be able to resume air service out of Kabul,” Klain continued. “If they do, we’re obviously going to look to see if Americans can be part of those flights.”
He also reiterated President Joe Biden’s message that the mission in Afghanistan transitioned from a militaristic one to a diplomatic one.
“I know some are coming out by land,” he added. “We are continuing to work on efforts to get them out by air as well. We're going to continue to move those SIVs out of the country.”
The U.S. and coalition forces launched a massive evacuation operation during the final two weeks of August, helping more than 120,000 people out of Afghanistan. The efforts came after the Taliban swiftly defeated the U.S.-backed and trained Afghan forces.
When the evacuation concluded at the end of August, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there were between 100 and 200 Americans still in Afghanistan who wanted to leave, though he noted that the exact number was probably on the lower end of that spectrum. Gen. Frank McKenzie Jr., U.S. CENTCOM commander, told reporters then that the number was in the "very low hundreds."
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