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US Orders Six Commercial Airlines, Including Delta, American And United To Help In Afghanistan Evacuations

US Orders Six Commercial Airlines, Including Delta, American And United To Help In Afghanistan Evacuations
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has asked commercial airlines in the U.S. to provide planes to help in Afghanistan evacuation efforts.

What Happened: Austin has activated a program used only three times in the last 30 years to require U.S. commercial airlines to provide planes to help speed up evacuation.

According to Pentagon officials, the aircraft wouldn’t fly in and out of Afghanistan but carry evacuees in and out of Qatar, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates bases.

The airliners would augment military flights carrying Afghans to Germany, Italy, Spain, and other stops in Europe, ultimately to the United States for many Afghans.

Austin has ordered the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF).
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