US Central Command Commander Releases Statement Regarding Afghanistan Evacuation, Kabul Airport

The U.S. Central Command Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, released a statement on Tuesday regarding the evacuation process at the Kabul International Airport.

He says he had the opportunity to evaluate the on-going situation and had the chance to engage with U.S. military leaders that are providing security at the airport.

“I saw firsthand our defensive lay down and the work our forces are doing to efficiently operate the airfield while ensuring the safe movement of civilians and diplomats who are leaving Kabul, said Gen. McKenzie.”

U.S. military air traffic controllers and ground handlers are changing operations to ensure a smooth process for the evacuation of U.S. and partner civilians.

He currently reports that the airfield is secure and open to civilian air traffic.

“In meetings with Taliban senior leaders in Doha on Sunday, I cautioned them against interference in our evacuation, and made it clear to them that any attack would be met with overwhelming force in the defense of our forces,” Gen. McKenzie added. “I remain enormously proud of the men and women of our armed forces, who are accomplishing this mission with skill, compassion and professionalism.”

 

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