United States Activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to Help Afghan Refugees
The US is racing against time to evacuate tens of thousands of its people from Afghanistan and it has called commercial airlines to help.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has activated the Stage I trials of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to assist the US military in its ongoing evacuation efforts from the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul, Afghanistan, said a Pentagon press release.
Following the planned withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan by the end of this month, the Taliban has now occupied the capital city of Kabul among other areas. With the group gaining access to US military biometric devices that can help in the identification of locals that aided the US forces, many want to leave the country. On its part, the US plans to relocate 22,000 Afghan locals that include families of those who worked with US forces. However, it must first evacuate them, along with the estimated 15,000 Americans, who are still on Afghan soil.