July 14, 2021

'Operation Allies Refuge' to Begin Airlifting Afghans Amid US Withdrawal

Featuring Lisa Curtis

Source: Voice of America

Journalist Steve Herman

The United States this month is to begin airlifting from Afghanistan thousands of those who helped support American forces there during the past 20 years and now fear for their lives amid a Taliban offensive.

The White House announced Wednesday it is launching "Operation Allies Refuge" for many of those awaiting a Special Immigrant Visa.

"In terms of the specific numbers, I'm not going to be able to provide those to you for operational and security reasons," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. "But I can confirm that flights out of Afghanistan, for SIV applicants who are already in the pipeline, will begin in the last week of July and will continue, and our objective is to get individuals who are eligible, relocated out of the country in advance of the removal of the withdrawal of (U.S.) troops at the end of August."

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...