The Kabul rescue is the largest noncombatant evacuation in US history, and the Biden government has deployed every resource and agency, including the CIA and elite paratroopers, to try to make it work.
Most of the focus was on Hamid Karzai International Airport. But while the Americans and Afghans were able to do so on their way to the airport, others in the capital and cities scattered across Afghanistan had to be rounded up at select locations by US special operations forces and the CIA. British special forces carried out similar operations.
With time running outDay by day, the complexity of the dangerous task increased. More than 40 C-17 Globemaster military transport and charter aircraft operate return flights