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In the last 24 hours, more than 10,000 evacuees have been moved out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. It's an exhausting pace the U.S. military will sustain so that everyone eligible to leave the country can get out, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said.

Since the Food and Drug Administration granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, it's very likely the vaccine will soon become mandatory for Defense Department personnel, the Pentagon press secretary said.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey is now ready to receive Afghan evacuees, the Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations said.

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Besides the intermediate way station in Qatar, the U.S. has started using additional sites to include Germany, and discussions are taking place to open other areas as well, Army Maj. Gen. William "Hank" Taylor said.

There was a pause of flights leaving Kabul because of a temporary resource and personnel capacity issue at one of the stopover locations, but flight operations have resumed, Army Maj. Gen. William "Hank" Taylor said.

The civilian evacuations in Afghanistan involve one of the largest and most difficult airlifts in history, and the only country in the world capable of projecting that much power is the United States, President Joe Biden said in a televised address to the country.

DOD is working with the State Department, partners, and allies to evacuate U.S. and Afghan citizens from Afghanistan.

Strategic readiness is vital to mission success and should be woven into everything the Defense Department does, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness said.

U.S. and Qatari defense leaders discussed events in Afghanistan as well as a wide range of issues in the Middle East during Pentagon meetings.

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