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Up to 1,500 Americans still trying to flee Afghanistan, Blinken says

The U.S. has evacuated more than 4,500 Americans from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, is in touch with 500 more people who are trying to get out, and believes up to 1,000 more Americans may want to evacuate, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.

Why it matters: With the window to conduct evacuations set to close within days, the number of Americans still in the country had been a critical unanswered question.

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