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DEVELOPING STORY: The Pentagon has issued orders requiring American-owned airlines to assist with the evacuation of American citizens from Afghanistan, marking only the third time in our nation’s history when the Civil Reserve Air Fleet has been activated.
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The irony is that the State Dept. has ordered Americans still trapped in Afghanistan to shelter in place — seeing how there is no safe way for them to get to the airport.
Stage One of the activation would provide the Department of Defense access to commercial jetliners to help evacuate not just U.S. citizens but also Afghanis who assisted the United States as well as other at-risk individuals.
Among the airlines that have received orders are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Atlas Air, and Hawaiian Airlines. At least 18 jetliners will be acquired in stage one, the Pentagon said.
BREAKING: @SecDef Lloyd Austin has ordered the the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to activate, requesting six to 18 aircraft from each of the U.S. commercial airlines to be prepared to assist in the airlift of Afghans and Americans from Afghanistan. by @MarcusReports and me— Tara Copp (@TaraCopp) August 22, 2021
The Pentagon said the jetliners will not be flown into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Instead, they will be used for moving passengers to “temporary safe havens and interim staging bases.”
The Civil Reserve Air Fleet has only been activated three times in U.S. history. The first occurred in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm (Aug. 1990 to May 1991), and the second was for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Feb. 2002 to June 2003).
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