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US Recruits Commercial Airlines To Help Move Afghanistan Evacuees

US soldiers access to accommodate aegis at Hamid Karzai All-embracing Airport in Kabul.

The United States has enlisted the advice of six bartering airlines to advice carriage bodies afterwards their aborticide from Afghanistan as Washington seeks to footfall up the clip of departures of Americans and at-risk Afghans from Kabul.

The Pentagon said on Sunday it alleged up 18 noncombatant aircraft from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air and others to backpack bodies from acting locations afterwards they landed on flights from Afghanistan, aptitude on the industry it aftermost alleged on during the Iraq War in 2003.

The move highlights the adversity Washington is accepting accustomed out the evacuations afterward the Taliban's abrupt takeover.

Thousands of bodies remained alfresco the Kabul all-embracing airport on Sunday acquisitive to be abandoned as Taliban gunmen exhausted aback crowds.

"It's a affairs that was advised in the deathwatch of the Berlin airlift afterwards Apple War Two to use bartering aircraft to augment our airlift capacity," President Joe Biden said in an abode from the White House on Sunday afternoon, abacus that airlines voluntarily active up for the program.

Biden said the flights would accompany bodies from "staging locations" like Qatar and Germany to the United States or a third country. He alleged it the antecedent date of the program.

American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and abreast captivated Omni Air will accommodate three aircraft each. There are additionally two from Hawaiian Airlines, and four from United Airlines.

American and Delta said they would alpha abatement flights on Monday and, forth with added carriers, accustomed the alarm to aid the U.S. aggressive amidst the altruistic crisis.

"American ... is appreciative to accomplish its assignment to advice the U.S. aggressive calibration this altruistic and adept accomplishment mission. The images from Afghanistan are heartbreaking," it said in a statement.

Biden said the operation should accept alone a basal aftereffect on bartering flights.

Delta said its bartering operations were unaffected, while American said it "will assignment to abbreviate the appulse to barter as the airline briefly removes these aircraft from our operation." United said it was still assessing the appulse but accepted it "to be minimal."

Atlas Air said it would backpack evacuees to the United States "and will be continuing by should added accommodation be needed."

In the 12 hours up to 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) on Sunday, about 3,400 bodies were abandoned from Kabul on 39 affiliation aircraft, including bartering airlines, and 1,700 others on eight U.S. aggressive flights, according to the White House. Altogether, about 30,300 bodies accept been abandoned back Aug. 14, it added.

Bahrain's civic carrier, Gulf Air, operated a flight from Isa Air Base to Dulles All-embracing Airport alfresco Washington as allotment of the aborticide efforts, Bahrain's government's media office, NCC, said on Sunday.

The United States aftermost activated the "Civil Reserve Air Fleet" in the aeon arch up to and including the aggression of Iraq and above-mentioned to that, the 1991 Gulf War.

The bound cardinal of aircraft is aloof one of the issues adverse the aborticide from Afghanistan that has evacuees actuality beatific to a dozen countries.

Officials accept said they are additionally balked with apathetic processing by the Department of Homeland Aegis and State Department, and there is accretion affair about aegis in Kabul.

The United States and its allies accept brought in several thousand troops to administer the evacuations of adopted citizens and accessible Afghans, but accept backward abroad from areas alfresco of the Kabul airport.

White House civic aegis adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN the United States had "secured the accommodation to get ample numbers of Americans safe access through the airport and assimilate the airfield" in Afghanistan, but gave no details.

Last week, the U.S. aggressive acclimated three aggressive helicopters to accompany 169 Americans to the Kabul airport from a architecture aloof 650 anxiety (200 m) away. Officials say that blazon of operation is accepted to continue.

Biden said he directed the State Department to acquaintance Americans abandoned in Afghanistan by phone, email and added agency and that the United States was "executing a plan" to move them to the Kabul airport.

"I will say afresh today what I've said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home," Biden said.

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