Nearly three months after the United States terminated its military operation in Afghanistan, the Pentagon disclosed that “dozens” of American troops’ families remain in the nation.
There are no complete statistics on the number of immediate family members of U.S. service members in Afghanistan.
“We believe it’s certainly, most likely in the dozens,” Department of Defense (DOD) press secretary John Kirby said.
According to a document delivered last week by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl, the Biden administration is putting together a database of such relatives.
The Department of Defense encourages all U.S. military personnel and civilian employees with immediate family members in Afghanistan to contact a department-associated email account if they need to be evacuated.
“We’re working this as hard as we can,” Kirby said, adding that the Pentagon takes “the obligation seriously to our people and to their families.”
The memo was not posted online or sent through media channels after its signing. Instead, Kirby said it was distributed to the military departments, “and we felt that that was the best communication vehicle.”
Kirby also verified that a party of Afghan pilots was flown out of Tajikistan early Wednesday morning and is now in the United Arab Emirates, reported The Hill.
The evacuees are being evaluated for possible admission to the United States after fleeing to Tajikistan after Afghanistan succumbed to the Taliban in August.