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Defense Sec. Austin Says ‘We Don’t Have the Capability to Go out and Collect’ Americans Outside Kabul Airport

‘I certainly don’t want to do anything to make the airfield less safe’
By Grabien Staff


REPORTER: "Well, can I ask you what that means? Because you also said there were international special forces there that have the capability to extract, and those words suggest very clearly, in the military realm, you would go get people."

MILLEY: "That will be a policy decision, and if directed, we have capabilities that can execute whatever we're directed."

REPORTER: "Thank you."

LLOYD: "And I would draw a distinction, Barb, between extracting someone in an extremist condition or circumstance, versus going out and collecting up large numbers of American citizens."

REPORTER: "Do you have the capability to go out and collect Americans?"

LLOYD: "We don’t have the capability to go out and collect up large numbers of people, Barb."

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