U.S. to resume Afghanistan evacuation flights before year's end -WSJ

Citing an unnamed U.S. State Department official

  
U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command assist with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021.?Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command assist with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021.?Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON-  The United States will resume evacuation flights from Afghanistan before the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified U.S. State Department official.

The U.S.-sponsored flights would help U.S. citizens, legal residents and some visa applicants. No date has been set for the flights to resume, it reported.

Representatives for the State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the WSJ report.

President Joe Biden's administration has said its top priority is repatriating Americans and green card holders who could not leave Afghanistan in the U.S. evacuation operation in August.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Humeyra Pamuk Editing by Peter Graff) ((sheavey@thomsonreuters.com; +1-202-898-8300;))


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