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US embarrassed by private sector Afghan evacuations

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden has promised to do everything in his power to rescue Americans stranded in Afghanistan and fearful of violent Taliban reprisals following the US military withdrawal. But limited resources and diminished political leverage have opened the way for evacuation missions led by Republican politicians, former military personnel and private organizations that risk embarrassing the White House.  The United States managed to airlift more than 120,000 US citizens, Afghans and foreigners since the Taliban’s lightning takeover on August 15 — but hundreds were left be…

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