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President Biden on Afghanistan: 'I'm Focused on Getting the Job Done'

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President Joe Biden assured Americans on Friday, Aug. 20 that he was committed to not only getting all Americans out of Afghanistan but also evacuating Afghanis who helped the U.S. out over the span of the Afghanistan war. 

"There will be plenty of time to criticized and second guess when this operation is over," Biden said on Friday. "But now--now--I'm focused on getting the job done."

Reuters reported that over 18,000 people have been evacuated so far. 

The iconic rescue photo of the U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane also corrected the number of people they evacuated on August 15. It says the number stands at 823.

U.S. media outlets have been assisting in evacuating Afghan journalists and their families. On Aug. 18, the New York Times said it had evacuated 128 men, women, and children.

"We remain hopeful that freedom of the press for female and male journalists will be established and the safety of all members of the press will be assured in the future," NY Times said, in a statement. 

In regards to the number of U.S. military in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently said that there were about 4,500 U.S. troops in Kabul Airport.

Related: A Look at the Afghanistan War By the Numbers

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