Biden administration to use commercial airlines to carry Afghan evacuees

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U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said on Sunday that commercial aircraft would be used to help ferry people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan.

A Pentagon spokesman said the 18 aircraft, including from United, American Airlines, and Delta, would not fly into Kabul but would be used to transport people who have already been flown out of Afghanistan.

The civilian aircraft would would instead ferry evacuees from air bases in locations including the Middle East and Germany.

Photo: A handout photo made available by US Central Command Public Affairs via DIVDS shows a Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit escorting evacuees at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan. US service members and coalition partners are assisting the Department of State with a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) in Afghanistan. EPA-EFE/Cpl. Davis Harris / US Central C Released