President Joe Biden's administration is bringing Afghans to the United States who are carrying viruses such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis, as well as the Chinese coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The protected status of some 50,000 Afghans also deprives them of certain essential benefits.
About 200 people, including some Americans, departed the Afghan capital on Thursday. Officials said this was not an evacuation flight, but rather that people were leaving of their own free will.
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During a Friday press briefing White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Operation Allies Welcome flights to America have been temporarily halted due to four cases of the measles found among Afghans who recently came into the U.S.
Only a "few" Afghans awaiting entry to the United States, as part of President Joe Biden's massive resettlement operation, have their vaccination records, CNN reports.
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Newly arrived Afghans, brought to the United States by President Joe Biden, are now delivering children at U.S. military bases where they are being temporarily housed, CNN reports.
The departure comes amid growing fears for those who have been left behind in Afghanistan as the Taliban tightens its grip on the country.
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Zamarai Ahmadi, a longtime aid worker for a U.S.-based group, was hauling water cans that military analysts mistook for explosives, according to officials and video obtained by The Washington Post and others.