Kabul airport fully operational; 5,200 U.S troops for security: Pentagon

by International | 20-08-2021 | 793 views

Kabul: The United States has said Kabul airport is safe for aircraft operations. The Pentagon says it has 5,200 U.S troops stationed in Afghanistan.

William Hunk Taylor, Major General of the U.S. Army and Vice Director of Logistics at the Joint Staff, said Thursday that Kabul International Airport is safe and that all aircraft services are licensed. He added that 5,200 US troops were stationed in Kabul.

More than 5,200 U.S. troops are stationed at the airport. Kabul Airport is safe and operational for airlines. Maj. Gen. William Taylor said the operation, which began on August 14, had evacuated about 7,000 people.

"I know the security of the American people is very important. Things are being evaluated carefully. The army is well equipped to achieve the goal. Measures are being taken in Afghanistan with emphasis on national security. We are committed to evacuating people as quickly and safely as possible, "quoting Major General William Taylor.

The security of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul is currently the number one priority of the US government, a U.S. Army official said at a Pentagon briefing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, UN intelligence reports that the Taliban have begun retaliating in Afghanistan. The plan is to find and kill those who helped the US and NATO forces. There have been reports of armed Taliban members visiting the homes of Afghan soldiers and threatening relatives.

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