US to evacuate until deadline, but it’s brutal at airport

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials say the U.S. military-led airlift of Americans and others from Kabul will continue until the final hours of next Tuesday. That’s President Joe Biden’s deadline for ending the frantic evacuation from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. But U.S.-based veterans groups and refugee organizations describe a disorganized U.S.-run evacuation for Afghan allies that risks leaving many behind. John Kirby, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said more than 4,400 American citizens have been evacuated thus far, an increase of about 400 from Tuesday. He said that more than 80,000 people, mostly Afghans, have been airlifted since Aug. 14.