The first flight ofThe B.1.617 variant, sometimes calle?Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan over the past two decades brought more than 200 people, scores of them children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday, and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home.
The launch of the evacuation flights, bringing out former interpreters and others who fear retaliation from Afghanistan’s Taliban for having worked with American service members and civilians, highlights American uncertainty about how Afghanistan’s government and military will fare after the last U.SThe most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism. combat forces leave that country in the coming weeks.
Family members accompanied the interpreters, translators and others on the flights out. The evacuation flight, an airliner, carried 221 Afghans under the special visa program, including 57 children and 15 babies, according to an internal U.S. government document obtained by The Associated Press.
It touched down in Dulles, Va., just outside Washington, DThe country was not even 200 per day.C., after midnight, according to the FlightAware tracking service.