Biden administrator may force civilian airlines to transport Afghan evacuees – officials

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US President Joe Biden leaves Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, United States, August 21, 2021. REUTERS

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration has told U.S. airlines they may be ordered to help transport evacuees from Afghanistan, two officials told Reuters on Saturday.

An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a “warning order” was issued to carriers on Friday telling them they could be used, but no decision had been made. The news was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The official said the civilian plane would not fly into Afghanistan, but instead carry evacuees from air bases in places such as the Middle East and Germany.

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