EXPLAINER: What’s happening with Afghanistan evacuations?

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In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force Airman guides evacuees aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Senior Airman Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 82,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban seized the capital Kabul on Aug. 14.

It’s one of the largest U.S. airlifts in history.

While the pace has picked up in recent days, it’s still a chaotic scramble as people seek to escape.

Afghans trying to reach the airport face a gauntlet of danger, and there are far more who want to leave than will be able to do so.

Those who do make it out will face the many challenges of resettlement, either in the U.S. or somewhere else.

President Joe Biden set an Aug. 31 deadline to complete the U.S.-led evacuation.

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