There are still roughly 34,000 Afghan refugees living on seven military bases within the United States after more than three months since the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“We now have fewer Afghans on military bases than ever before,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Monday.
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There are seven military bases still participating in Operation Allies Welcome: Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Camp Atterbury in Indiana, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Fort Pickett and Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
The U.S. has admitted 82,000 refugees since the conclusion of the military’s noncombatant evacuation operation at the end of August. There were 53,150 evacuees living on eight original military installations as of Oct. 26 — one has since stopped housing them — representing a roughly 20,000-person decrease in the number of refugees living on the bases.
At the height of the operations, the bases had a capacity of 64,000 people, and that number is now down to 46,000 after Fort Lee concluded its efforts, Kirby explained.
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"We're glad to see that a majority of those who came to the United States have now been resettled," he added, though he could not say when the mission will end.
The U.S. and allies evacuated more than 120,000 people in August from Afghanistan, a significant majority of whom came after the Taliban overthrew the U.S.-backed Ghani government and military.