Afghan pilots, air force personnel leave Tajikistan on a US-brokered flight

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A group of Afghan pilots and other air force personnel left Tajikistan on a US-brokered flight, it has been reported.

The Afghan air force pilots and personnel left Tajikistan on Tuesday, almost three months after arrived in the country, fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country.

The US-brokered flight evacuated the air force pilots and personnel to United Arab Emirates, the Reuters reported, citing a pilot who shared the images of the evacuation process.

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby had earlier said efforts are underway to evacuate 191 Afghans from Tajikistan, including Afghan pilots.

“What I can confirm is that a group of approximately 191 Afghan evacuees, including pilots, remain in — in Tajikistan, and our embassy there is working to expedite their departure,” Kirby said in response to a question regarding the evacuation of Afghan pilots.

Kirby further added “We expect that they’ll be able to depart Tajikistan soon, but we are not in control the timeline.”

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