Biden says flights out of Afghanistan resume, pledges to get all Americans out

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WASHINGTON —  President Joe Biden said flights out of Afghanistan have resumed Friday afternoon after an hours-long pause, and he pledged to get all Americans out of the country who wanted to leave.Nearly as important as getting Americans out is evacuating the U.S. military translators and others who helped American troops, the president said alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Speaking at the White House, Biden said over 18,000 people have been evacuated from the country since the end of July and 5,700 in the last 24 hours. At the Pentagon, spokesman John Kirby said that the vast majority of evacuees have been Afghan nationals. Kirby added that the U.S. military's top priority is to airlift U.S. citizens and their families first.Biden's remarks come as more than 5,000 U.S. forces rush to airlift as many people as possible out of the country ahead of a self-imposed deadline to depart Afghanistan by Aug. 31."I think we can get it done
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