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Pentagon proclaims finish of evacuation mission in Afghanistan » Taliban militants fired their rifles into the sky above Kabul on Monday in celebration after receiving phrase that the final U.S. navy planes had departed the airport.
Hours later, Common Frank McKenzie confirmed that report.
MCKENZIE: I’m right here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the tip to the navy mission to evacuate Americans, third nation nationals, and weak Afghans. The final C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport on August thirtieth, this afternoon, at 3:29 p.m. East Coast time.
Earlier on Monday, ISIS militants fired a volley of rockets on the Kabul airport.
The Pentagon stated anti-rocket protection methods have been in a position to take out the rockets earlier than they struck the airport. However a few of the rockets landed throughout city, reportedly putting residential condominium blocks.
White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated Monday that the evacuation mission now over—officers aren’t but positive what number of Individuals have been left behind.
PSAKI: We imagine there are nonetheless a small quantity. I perceive you’re asking for the precise quantity who stay. We’re making an attempt to find out precisely what number of.
However Home Republican chief Kevin McCarthy stated the precise quantity hardly issues.
MCCARTHY: They’re making a aware choice that they’re leaving Individuals behind. Why would you do this?
The 2-week airlift has introduced scenes of desperation and horror. Within the early days, folks determined to flee Taliban rule flooded onto the tarmac and a few fell to their deaths after clinging to a departing aircraft.
On Thursday, an ISIS suicide assault at an airport gate killed almost 200 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.
Remnants of Ida spin inland leaving destruction in its wake » The storm that was Hurricane Ida is spilling into northern Alabama and japanese Tennessee at present. It’s nonetheless packing heavy rain and 30 mile per hour winds.
The storm has already carved a path of destruction from the Louisiana coast via northern Mississippi.
President Biden stated Monday that the federal authorities will assist any method it may possibly.
BIDEN: We’ve obtained one million folks in Louisiana with out energy. And for a time, Ida brought about the Mississippi River to actually change its path. And a few people are nonetheless coping with the storm surge and flash flooding.
Rescuers set out in a whole lot of boats and helicopters to achieve folks trapped by floodwaters Monday. That as residents residing amid the maze of rivers and bayous alongside Louisiana’s Gulf Coast retreated desperately to their attics or roofs.
The storm is blamed for no less than two deaths—a motorist who drowned in New Orleans, and an individual hit by a falling tree exterior Baton Rouge.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell stated the excellent news is that the town’s levee system handed a serious take a look at.
CANTRELL: The worst case state of affairs, it didn’t occur. We didn’t have one other Katrina. And that’s one thing, once more, we must always all be thankful for. Nevertheless, the impression is completely vital.
She stated the town and the state are solely starting to survey the destruction.
The harm to the facility grid was so in depth that officers warned it could possibly be weeks earlier than it’s repaired.
Wildfire threatens Lake Tahoe, forces evacuations » Hearth officers have ordered extra evacuations close to Lake Tahoe because the Caldor Hearth roared via forests southwest of the lake alongside the California-Nevada state line.
The fireplace destroyed a number of houses on Sunday alongside Freeway 50, one of many important routes to the south finish of the lake. The fireplace additionally roared via the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, destroying a number of buildings.
And the climate doesn’t seem like cooperating. Forecasters say excessive warmth and triple-digit temperatures might final for a number of days.
The blaze that broke out August 14 has already burned roughly 250 sq. miles. That’s an space bigger than Chicago.
COVID circumstances attain January ranges » New COVID-19 infections have risen to ranges not seen since January of this 12 months, the height month of the pandemic to date. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin studies.
KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: About 150,000 Individuals are testing optimistic every day, in keeping with a rolling 7-day common. That may be a return to January ranges, although not but close to the mid-January peak of 1 / 4 of one million day by day infections.
These are, in fact, simply the recorded numbers. Consultants say the precise case depend is probably going a lot increased as many who contract the virus by no means take a take a look at.
And deaths for COVID-19 are additionally nonetheless on the rise—quadrupling since early July. Virtually a thousand Individuals are as soon as once more dying from COVID-19 every day. Officers estimate that about 98 p.c of these deaths are amongst unvaccinated sufferers.
However vaccinations are additionally on the rise. About 450,000 Individuals at the moment are getting their first shot every day. That’s a rise of 73 p.c since late July.
Reporting for WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.
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