Uncertainty lingers for Americans trying to leave Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken says between 100 and 200 Americans who want to leave are in Afghanistan.
No American citizens made it out on the last five flights out of Kabul, General Frank McKenzie said Monday, noting that "although we continued our outreach...none of them made it to the airport" in the final hours of the U.S. presence in Kabul.

The administration doesn't know exactly how many Americans remain. "We believe there are still a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave. We're trying to determine exactly how many," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday.

U.S. military forces oversaw the evacuation of about 6,000 Americans in recent weeks, and the Biden administration insists the U.S. is committed to Americans who still want to leave Afghanistan.

But with troops gone, they'll have to use other channels. "The diplomatic sequel to that will now begin," McKenzie said Monday. "And I believe our Department of State is going to work very hard to allow any American citizens that are left, and we think the citizens that were not brought out number in the low, very low hundreds — I believe that we're going to be able to get those people out."

He added, "I think we're also going to negotiate very hard, very aggressively, to get our other Afghan partners out. The military phase is over, but our desire to bring these people out remains as intense as it was before."

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