Others described the situation on the ground as a “full blow humanitarian disaster.”
- “With tens of thousands of U.S. nationals, legal residents, their families and untold numbers of Afghans all desperate for a way out of the Taliban’s Afghanistan, the U.S. military was forced on Friday to pause its evacuation flights out of Kabul. The suspension, hopefully to be quickly reversed by the opening of a new flight option to a base in Bahrain, was due to the current processing facility in Qatar hitting capacity,” CBS News reported. “People inside the stuffy airbase on Friday described the situation to CBS News as ‘pretty much a full-blown humanitarian disaster.’”
- The United States is currently looking for a new place to land flights coming out of Kabul airport and the U.S. military is working with the government of Bahrain to create space for an evacuation base there, per reports. Flights are expected to resume this afternoon with Bahrain, rather than Doha as a destination.
- The U.S. is also looking for more facilities, as the base in Bahrain can accept just 1,000 people.