On Sunday, the Pentagon ordered that commercial airlines join the evacuation efforts as tens of thousands flee Kabul after the Taliban took over.
AFP reported the Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense, activated the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to move people who had arrived at U.S. bases in the Middle East.
In the statement, Autin stated, “The DOD’s ability to project military forces is inextricably linked to commercial industry, which provides critical transportation capacity as well as global networks to meet day-to-day and contingency requirements,” while announcing the latest move.
Eighteen civilian crafts from American Airlines, Atlas, Delta, Omni, Hawaiian, and United will help the dozens of military cargo transports in the evacuation, the statement continued.
While the civilian plans are not allowed to fly in or out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul: they will transport the Americans and Afghan allies from Qatar, Bahrain, and Germany airbases to their onward journeys.
Thousands of troops art attempting to secure Kabul’s airport, the Pentagon is conducting the largest evacuation mission with a deadline of August 31 looming.
Even with the promise of help, of those wanting to escape getting through airport security and onto the planes from Kabul is the problem.
According to the Pentagon on Saturday, since the operation began August 14, a total of 17,000 people have been evacuated, of which 2,500 are Americans.
The CRAF has only been activated twice before now – 1990-1991 flying troops for the Gulf War and 2002-2003 for the Iraq invasion.
On Saturday, Breitbart News reported the push to include commercial operators to move refugees.