Also trying to escape are tens of thousands of Afghans who either fought alongside or provided assistance to the United States but fear reprisal attacks from the Taliban, an extremist group that took over most of the country and its capital this week.
Biden told ABC News’ George Stephonopoulous that U.S. officials estimate there are between 10,000 to 15,000 Americans in Afghanistan and added that the “estimate we’re giving” is 50,000 to 65,000 Afghan allies, including family members.
A day later, on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he doesn’t know how many Americans are still inside Afghanistan.
“Americans should understand that we’re gonna try to get it done before Aug. 31st,” Biden said in the interview, his first one since the Taliban took over the country. The president said the U.S. military will attempt to evacuate all Americans out of the South Asian country by that date.