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Gen. Milley hearing live updates: Milley says U.S. would have gone to war again with Taliban if it stayed in Afghanistan


By Aug. 11, McKenzie said, Afghanistan was in a precarious enough position that he ordered in reinforcements from the 82nd Airborne division to help with an evacuation that military leaders knew would have to take place on a large scale. He said that the military never thought of the evacuation “as overwhelming or too much to accomplish,” he said, likening the efforts to fly 124,000 people out of the airport to the Berlin Airlift, an early Allied operation of the Cold War to get around a Soviet blockade.

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