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US Mobilizes Commercial Airlines For Afghan Evacuation In Rare Measure

Afghanistan Evacuation: The US accomplishment will absorb 18 bartering aircraft. (File)

The affecting aborticide of bodies beat Afghanistan will absorb a US military-civilian accord that dates aback to 1951 but which has been activated alone alert before: in 1990-1991 during the Gulf War and in 2003 during the aggression of Iraq.

The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) is a "cooperative, autonomous program" amid the government and clandestine airlines that allows the US aggressive to use bartering aircraft in emergency situations back it needs added capacity.

The affiliation has its origins in the Berlin airlift of the Cold War, and allows the Aegis Department (DOD) to "to augment... aircraft adequacy during a civic aegis accompanying crisis," according the Transportation Department.

In acknowledgment for signing affairs with the government, "the accommodating carriers are accustomed alternative in accustomed bartering peacetime burden and commuter cartage for DOD."

Created on December 15, 1951, beneath than three years afterwards noncombatant planes were alleged on to abate the Soviet barricade of Berlin, the CRAF was not activated until Operation Desert Storm, from August 1990 to May 1991.

The Pentagon initially requisitioned 38 airliners acceptance to 16 companies to carriage troops and abstracts to the Persian Gulf.

But in January 1991, Aegis Secretary Dick Cheney alleged for added planes.

A absolute of 181 aircraft, acceptance to 20 airlines were alleged into service.

The additional activation was in February 2003, during Operation Iraqi Freedom back Aegis Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked 22 airlines to accommodate 47 airliners and 31 burden planes for the carriage of cartage and aggressive equipment.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the latest CRAF activation on Sunday to abetment in the "evacuation of US citizens and personnel, Appropriate Immigrant Visa applicants, and added at-risk individuals from Afghanistan."

The noncombatant aircraft will not fly into the Taliban-controlled Afghan basic but will be acclimated to alteration cartage from acting safe havens to their destinations, which "allows aggressive aircraft to focus on operations in and out of" Kabul, the Pentagon said in a statement.

The accomplishment will absorb 18 aircraft, including from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

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