Pentagon: 17,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan over the past week

President Joe Biden discussed the situation in Afghanistan with his national security team on Saturday

President Joe Biden held a meeting with his national security team this morning to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, the White House reported Saturday.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was en route to Singapore, participated in the meeting via video link.

Biden discussed the “security situation in Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations” with the meeting, the White House clarified, adding that it was about the fight against the terrorist group Wilayat Khorasan (ISIL-K).

The president also discussed with his team “a massive logistical operation to evacuate American citizens and their families, special immigration visa applicants and their families, and vulnerable categories of Afghans on American military transport planes and on charter and coalition flights.”

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haynes, CIA Director William Burns, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and a host of other senior administration officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon reported Saturday that the U.S. has evacuated more than 2,000 Americans from Kabul in the past week. Lieutenant General William Taylor, who participated in the press briefing, said a total of 17,000 people, including 2,500 U.S. citizens, have been evacuated from Afghanistan by the U.S. military.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he did not have “exact numbers” on how many Americans remain in Kabul and Afghanistan in general.

“We’re fighting against time and space,” Kirby said, “That’s the kind of race we’re in right now. And we’re trying to do it as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Kirby called the security situation in Afghanistan “fluid and dynamic,” stressing that the U.S. goal is to “get as many people out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. That’s what we’re focused on.”

Taylor said 3,800 people have been evacuated from Kabul airport by U.S. military and charter flights in the last 24 hours.