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U.S. remains in full control of military side of Kabul airport

The Taliban are not in charge of any part of the military section of Kabul airport or its gates, which remain under U.S. military control, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told a news briefing on Friday (August 27).

Air Force General Glen VanHerck, appearing via video conference, said he was confident in the security screening of Afghans arriving in the U.S. and that positive COVID cases among them so far have been low. 

“We test them 100 percent upon arrival at each location,” he said. “We are seeing…when I was at Fort McCoy on Wednesday, only three out of more than 1,300 had tested positive. When I went to Fort Bliss the same day, one out of more than 1,200 had tested positive for COVID.”

(Production: Vanessa Johnston)

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