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21 Americans Aboard Qatari Flight, Not Everyone Chose to Evacuate Afghanistan

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The U.S. State Department confirmed that 39 Americans were invited on the first commercial flight allowed to take off from Kabul’s airport on Sept. 9, although not everyone ultimately chose to depart Afghanistan, citing different reasons. “We can confirm that, of the 39 we invited, 10 U.S. citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents were on-board the Qatar Airways charter flight out of Kabul today,” spokesman Ned Price said in a statement on Thursday. “This is another concrete demonstration of our commitment to assist those to whom we have a special commitment,” he added. The Qatar Airways plane left Hamid Karzai International Airport on the evening of Sept. 9 local time and landed successfully in Doha, the capital of Qatar, several hours later. An estimated 200 foreigners left the war-torn nation on the commercial flight with the cooperation of the Taliban—the first such large-scale departure since U.S. forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a …

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