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over, but the ordeal is not. with an estimated 100 to 200 americans according to the administration and thousands of afghans not able to get out before the deadline. this hour president biden gets abupdate from his national security team in the situation room ahead of his remarks later today on the end of the 20-year war. msnbc will bring that to you live. we are live now at the white house with a preview. major general chris donahue the last u.s. servicemember to leave afghanistan. you see him boarding a c-17 which took off just before midnight kabul time. this morning an exclusive first look at the dozens of u.s. military vehicles and aircraft left behind but the pentagon saying about their status. we have a lot to get to on this tuesday morning. i'm hallie jackson in washington along with peter al sand ear the the white house, court ekube posted up at the pentagon and retired admiral stavrides, chief
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msnbc analyst. give us a preview of what you anticipate we might hear from the president when he gives his remarks in a few hours. >> reporter: the remarks scheduled to begin at 2:45 eastern time today and the white house says the president himself in a statement yesterday saying that he will explain his decision not to extend that august 31st deadline for u.s. withdrawal. he says that it was the unanimous decision of the u.s. military leaders that the president keep with that deadline. they say that was safest for american troops and the prospects to evacuate americans still in that country, more than 100, less than 200 as you noted earlier and the thousands of afghan civilians, those who helped the u.s. in the past still hoping to leave the country. 'on those issues, though, where the president is still facing a lot of criticism, some of the ngos are, organizations that have been working in the country, other women's groups saying that the u.s. didn't begin the evacuation soon
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enough, but the president and his secretary of state said their commitment to this effort doesn't end. there is no deadline for that, just yesterday we heard from anthony blinken, among other things, saying that over the weeks and months ahead, this will now become a diplomatic, not a military mission. how that works does become more challenging and ultimately the administration says it's going on it on them to prove their commitment, but the president's criticized for among other things saying 12 days ago to be specific that if you're an american and you're there, we will get you out by that deadline. on that he'll certainly face some tough questions if he takes questions from reporters a little bit later today. hallie? >> peter, stand by. i want to come back to you. courtney, can you pick up on the thread peter is talking about, two pieces of this for you here. number one, what clarity might you have from your perch at the pentagon about what happens to those americans, those afghans that are left behind, and number two, what about the actual military equipment, what we just talked b the aircraft, the other weaponry still in afghanistan at this point? >> that's right, hallie.
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as peter was saying after nearly two decades of a military mission in afghanistan, the mission turned to the diplomatic realm. we heard from anthony blinken last night talking about just that. there's two lines of effort we should expect going forward for the americans and the afghans who are still in afghanistan. one is diplomatic, that will likely look like the u.s. working through an intermediary like the qataris to talk to the taliban to get more people out, as necessary or as needed. the second one will likely be economic, and that is somewhere the taliban will need money to run afghanistan and there are millions of dollars frozen of their money that is frozen, and i think we will hear more in the coming days and weeks about efforts to, on the economic realm about getting americans, potentially afghans out in this diplomatic area as well. so that's one way. there's been a lot of talk about the potential for military, ongoing military movement of people in and out of
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afghanistan. according to pentagon press secretary john kirby, that is not on the table right now. we heard a little bit more from him on "morning joe" this morning about exactly what it might look like for the military and for this enduring mission there to get more americans out. >> we have tools available to us across the range of the levels of power of government. we'll use those tools to the maximum extent we can. we'll hold the taliban to what they committed to which is this safe passage of american citizens and allies in afghanistan to get out. we'll hold them accountable to that. >> hallie, you asked about the equipment. we heard from general frank mckenzie about that. the u.s. left behind a significant amount of equipment at kabul airport, some of it they brought in specifically for the evacuation mission. at the end, they decided to prioritize lives over equipment, making space for people on those final aircraft as he opposed to putting equipment on it, so they left something in the neighborhood of 70 mraps, large
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moror resistant ambush protected vehicles, they left about 70 of those behind, left a number of several dozen humvees and somewhere in the neighborhood of 73 aircraft behind. that's nothing to say about all the equipment that the u.s. had handed over to the afghan military that as the taliban took territory over the last several weeks, they were able to take over. so no question about it. there is a tremendous amount of u.s. military provided equipment left behind in afghanistan but we can tell you that much of the stuff at the airport was dismantled or disabled before the u.s. left. >> courtney, thank you. admiral stavrides, it's worth looking at if you could say the cost of the last 20 years, 2,461 servicemembers that were killed in afghanistan over that time including 13 in that attack last week, more than 3,le 00 u.s. contractors also lost their
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lives, the u.s. spent more than $2 trillion on the war. when you look at this, admiral and see where we are now, there's growing concern as courtney well knows from her sources at the pentagon about isis-k for example, perhaps regaining some statue in afghanistan moving forward. are we more safe than we were 20 years ago? >> yes, we are more safe here in the homeland, because of the events of 9/11, we overhauled our intelligence community. we created everything from the tsa to the department of homeland security. we've made immense strides in protecting ourselves at home, and then secondly, over those 20 years, and sometimes the question, hallie, boils down to was it all worth it, i would argue it was worth it in this sense. we prevented further attacks emanating from afghanistan. so the real question going forward operationally is whether
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al qaeda, islamic state k, other groups will become magnets for global jihadis to come to afghanistan. does it revert essentially to an ungoverned space? too soon to tell. we ought to be very worried about it. so in addition to getting out these afghan allies and partners and of course our american citizens topping the list kind of the third thing we need to think about is how do we generate intelligence, how do we come in over the horizon as we have in the last few days, for example, when we need to. a lot of work left to do in afghanistan. >> peter, we were talking with admiral stavrides about the enormous sack sfiss and president biden's encounter with family members at dover air force base how emotional it was, what a powerful moment on sunday to see those servicemembers, the
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remains come off the plane, president biden was there. i wonder, peter, how the white house behind the scenes is responding to frankly some of the criticism that the president has gotten from a couple families who spoke with for example "the washington post," other outlets about their feelings on this. >> in the simplest of terms, they believe there is nothing any commander in chief can say to the families of the fallen other than to pay his respects and express his sympathies and that's what president biden did on sunday when he went to dover air force base to welcome back those fallen heroes there, but there were some tense moments we're learning about from new reporting from "the washington post" about the conversations that happened behind the scenes, including one between the father of jared schmitz, lance corporal with the marines, just a young man who died among those 13 americans killed several days ago and this tense exchange that matt viser of "the washington
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post" details. "don't you ever forget that name, don't you ever forget that face, don't you ever forget the names of other 12 and take some times to learn their stories." the president appeared to bristle at that and said "i do know their stories. "schmitz's father had woken up a matter of days at 2:40 military officer at the door telling him the news of his son's passing, news that almost made him faint, but he also said there was one moment where he thought it worthy of praising the president and he said that he did note that the president keeps that card in his jacket pocket that lists all the american servicemembers, the number of american servicemembers who lost their lives and at the end of it, he said had written in "plus 13" noting the 13 additional lives just lost during the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan days ago. >> peter alexander, we'll look for your coverage ahead of the president's remarks.
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thank you. i want to bring in democratic congressman andy kim of new jersey, member of the armed services committee. he worked in afghanistan as an adviser to generals david petraeus and john allen. good morning and thank you for being with us. >> good morning, thanks for having me. >> sure, let me start with the most urgent piece of this, this morning. you've been in touch with the state department the last few weeks about some of the more than 10,000 evacuation requests your office received. what is the update this morning? any new word you could tell us about? >> you're right. my office, we've been inundated, now hit over 11,000 evacuation requests. the ones that we've been pushing the hardest on right now are the americans that we still know there in afghanistan and it was really tough the last few days, just hearing how difficult it's been for them. many are stuck outside the airport gates for hours and now that the final planes have left, they are left with a lot of
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concern what comes next and a lot of questions. we as a nation need to respond. >> you can share anything specifically about the messages that you're getting, anything that stuck with you over the last 24 hours or so? >> i think there was a question on there, the sheer desperation of some of the families, one has a 4-year-old child that san american citizen and it's tough. i got a 4-year-old kid, too, and i would move mountains to be able to try to get my kid to safety, so to think about these families, that are going through the taliban checkpoints try to get to the airport and 50 feet away from the gate. they are so close to be able to get out thereof and then to have that not come together, for them to be running low on their cell phone batteries and feel like they have to get back to their home, that's tough. it really is, and i just urge us to do everything humanly
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possible to communicate clearly to them about how we're going to get them out. >> the biden administration has said in his pledge that they will get out at some point, if that is what they choose to do. it is a diplomatic effort and not a military effort. do you have faith the administration will make good on that pledge and should those people still -- >> i do have faith that we as a nation will do everything that we can, and i urge this to again be a bipartisan effort, when it comes to getting out americans having worked in afghanistan before, this was not a democrat or republican war. this was an american war, and we as a country bear the responsibility for what happened and we as a country need to pull together to be able to get our americans to safety. so i hope we're able to find a way together to be able to do this. >> you talk about the next steps. what happens next from here? i know you think the u.s. should be doing a couple of things to get the remaining americans out to keep up support for afghan
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partners, including thoughts how to ensure the kabul airport is operational and functional. that's a question that's out there, having another nation facilitate running it, proxy embassy, et cetera. have you had conversations specifically with the white house? you demanded the biden administration hear you out upon these next steps? >> i have had conversations with the biden administration about some of these issues like having another country facilitate the airport. i have not had a chance to be able to speak with them directly since the last plane went up yesterday but i'm expecting to be able to do so shortly but look, i mean, it's not just about communicating to me and that's something i try to assure is that it's about communicating to those americans still there. it's about communicating to our afghan partners that we made a promise to, and i hope that the president addresses these, and other issues as he's addressing the american people later today. we deserve to have the clarity of what comes next especially
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knowing that we have americans still in harm's way. >> to americans here at home who may be concerned about, for example, the increase in strength in isis, specifically isis-k and a taliban led afghanistan, what do you say to them? >> >> we will have so stay vigilant on this and make sure we're continuing to push forward and we have undoubtedly a very strong operation in the counterterrorism fashion that i've certainly seen firsthand, but we also need to recognize that military alone does not solve our problems when it comes to this, that there's a big effort that we need to have across the entirety of our national security space to be able to mobilize for their defense. but there should be no higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. >> congressman andy kim, thank you for being with us this morning. we appreciate your time. we've got a lot more ahead in afghanistan, talking with one veteran who has been working
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right now in louisiana, the storm may be over, but people are still facing dangerous and potentially life-threatening conditions after hurricane ida. you've got more than 1 million people still without power right now, and that could last for weeks. there's not a lot of end in sight for that at least not at the moment. entire communities are underwater as the huge search and rescue enters day two. the louisiana national guard rescued nearly 300 people. you could see some of that happening here on screen. first responders are still
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trying to get to some of these coastal towns hit first and hardest like grand isle, a barrier island completely cut off still. several hospitals dealing with the latest covid surge have been forced to evacuate patients. morgan chesky is in new orleans for us this morning. hey, morgan, good morning. >> reporter: hey, hallie, good morning. you'll find a different type of disaster, depending upon where in louisiana you go to. you mentioned the hard-hit communities to the south of us, houma, grand isle, cut apart by the winds and powerful storm surge of ida. a lot of folks still cut off and in new orleans less of those winds but they still did incredible amounts of damage but you got about 1 million people without power and they don't know when the lights are going to come back on. inter-g, the largest state provider says it may take up to three days after ida before they're able to assess how much
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was hurt, damaged in the storm that brought 140-mile-an-hour wind gusts well inland. we're an hour away from oshner's campus. they're on generator. every hospital has a storm contingency plan hopefully take them a week up to ten days but after that, they are already discussing what they might have to do, should this outage last longer. we know that they have supplies on hand, and some cases, they did have to move patients from one facility to another because of damage that was taken, that was given by ida, but right now, this is very much a touch and go situation. we know that they currently have power courtesy of those generators but if you look around, a lot of the gas stations have yet to get filled back up from the supply trucks that are making their way through here, so when you look at the bigger picture, hallie, it really is one of uncertainty, not just for those hard-hit communities that are still trying to pick up the pieces but
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for the better part of coastal louisiana, and i think that's why there's just a lot of frustration already mounting and compounding all of this is the fact that it's hot. it's hot. the sun's out, right in the middle of that hot summer here and a lot of folks are wondering how long this is going to last. hallie? >> morgan chesky live in new orleans, thank you for your reporting. we appreciate it. coming up here on the show, brand new nbc news reporting just out on exactly how afghans are supposed to get out of the country, now that the u.s. military is gone. that's next. dayquil severe for you... and daily vicks super c for me. introducing new vicks super c and dayquil severe convenience pack. vicks super c is a daily supplement to help energize and replenish your body with vitamin c and b vitamins. dayquil severe is a max strength medicine for cold and flu relief. someone is feeling better.
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we've gotten many out, but many are still there. we will keep working to help them. our commitment to them has no deadline. we will hold the taliban to its pledge to let people freely depart afghanistan. >> secretary of state tony blinken saying essentially while the u.s. military operation in afghanistan is done, the evacuation effort is not. our julia ainsley is reporting ngos and aids groups are picking up the task for thousands left in the country but "unable" to
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tell them what where to go next w commercial and military flights from kabul stopped and taliban checkpoints standing in the way of land borders with iran and pakistan. julia ainsley is with me. what happens now? where does this go? what have you heard from your conversations with some of these folks? >> hallie, i even just got new information minutes ago from another ngo, the association of wartime allies, and this is a coalition of a lot of these groups, a lot of them former veterans trying to get people out of afghanistan, now a lot of those allies who worked with the united states, and they put a number on it. they said that there are about 118,000 eligible afghans and their families who would be eligible for evacuations, but so far, the pentagon has said they've only been able to evacuate about 7,000 of those eligible afghans and their families, so really it's a small fraction and what they're doing now and they look to those left behind is many of them are telling them stay where you are,
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because the situation at the land borders where they have to go now because the airport is closed seems to be in such doubt. there are taliban checkpoints along the road and what used to be a ticket out, proof of work with the americans is now a target on their backs. >> julia ainsley, thank you for that reporting. i know you've been working the phones for the last 48 hours. we look forward to updates from you on that. appreciate it. i bring in kristen rawls, thank you for being back on the show. >> good morning. >> let me start big picture broadly here. what is the update as we speak right now, 10:30 eastern time on tuesday morning, about the afghan allies, people that you know, afghan helpers that you're trying to help get out of the country. >> we are telling them right now that we're not giving up. our government may have left, it may seem that our government has turned away from you, that our government has turned away from the promises we made that we
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would not leave you behind, that you would have a visa if available to you if you worked with us, so many of the folks we're in touch with, they have and been through bureaucratic processes for ten years and more, trying to go through this sometimes impossible rigor of paperwork and appointments and all of this bureaucracy to prove that they served with honor and that they are people of integrity, that everything, all of the documents that they have provided over and over and over again are actually real and true. there is no embassy in kabul anymore to process this visa paperwork, yet they are still getting emails saying no, you've been rejected. see our previous email. you will have to process in another country, but you know, as you just pointed out, the borders are effectively locked down, and we don't know how to move them through. we don't know how to get them
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through to tajikistan, to uzbekistan, to pakistan, places where they can process the paperwork. the p2 visa process that was opened up for lives in danger, it has to be proved with extremely rigorous paperwork and processing and again there's nobody on the ground to do the visa processing, and people are running for their lives. they are having to move safe houses every few hours because the taliban keep finding them, pounding on doors, messaging them saying "we know who you are, we know where you are and we're going to kill you." they can't move through taliban checkpoints without fear of being dragged out and beaten and murdered or their children being harmed. people are locked in. they are terrified and we're doing the best we can to say we're not giving up hope. do not give up hope.
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we are not abandoning you, we, the allies you worked with, the veterans who served side by side with you. we wore the same uniform. we shared meals. we worked together. you all enabled us to do our mission in afghanistan. we are committed to not leaving you behind. >> you talk about hope, kristen. do the afghans that you're working with now still have hope, do you think? >> i heard from my own interpreter who, again, i've been working with him for more than ten years over barriers in this visa process. this man served honorably. i depended on him. i know him. he is a friend. he deserves to be out just like to many thousands of others deserve to get to a safe place, and to not be murdered. he told me just this morning, he said, he said "we are killed mentally. we are killed mentally." >> this is emotional for you.
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>> yes. >> can you ta you can to what it's been like going through this? >> he has told me, he said "i will keep trying to my last breath," and the least that i and these countless other veterans, the association of wartime allies, all the folks doing good work to stay with our allies, to find any way that we can out, we will also try to our last breath or 'til theirs. they're being hunted. we are in a race against time. we need our government to act, to make arrangements for safety border passage, to put pressure on taliban to stop the murders of our allies and friends, to stop the targeting, to allow them safe passage, to allow clearance for flights at other airfields that have been planned and shut down. we need to see ways out, and those of us, i'm operating from my apartment in brooklyn.
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i only have so much power. we need our government to make ways for people to get out. it's possible. >> do you see any signs of progress, kristen, on that front? do you foresee any signs that that could start to happen in the coming days? >> i am not seeing any evidence as of right now. the state department should be contacting the association of wartime allies. no one left behind, and any of the coalitions of veterans who are desperate to try to find ways out for people. i worked for ten days to try to get my interpreter and many others just into the airport, and they were not able to get into the airport. they were in all measures of danger, and so many of them just were never able to get in the walls, despite our best efforts to push, pull, communicate, anything that we could do to
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find a way to get them inside but it's because the flights were not prioritizing them. if you're an afghan national and god forbid you had troubles with your visa process, you have been left behind, and your family, and your children, and everyone you're related to. families of u.s. citizens, that's, those are some folks on our list, a u.s. citizen has been trying to get his family out, who are in danger because of his service to the united states. they are being hunted down, and he cannot get them out. >> kristen, one of the things that you and i have talked about before is the, and i know that the focus for you is entirely on these afghans, and these folks who are trying to help get out of the country. this is also taking a toll on veterans. "the daily beast" is reporting increase to crisis hotlines in the last couple of weeks. as you look at your own community of veterans who served in this country how they're doing and candidly, kristen, how are you doing? >> i'm honestly not able to
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process this yet. i feel like i, you know, in my months and years of working with afghans, i believed what i told them. i said we are friends. we are working together. we have the same mission. we have the same goal. we wear the same uniform. all of this, that my interpreter is as much of a veteran as i am. he risked his life in ways that i never did, and it feels like all of that commitment, all of those relationships i feel like have been made into a lie, and it's really, it's really hard to take, and i can't give up on the commitments that i made, and because these are people. these are people, these are human lives, and you know, those
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of us who served our country in uniform, i mean, we did it to protect life, to protect freedom, to protect the things that our country stands for, for democracy, for education, for the ability to choose who you want to lead your community, your country, and to be able to tell them we don't like you and we for years in afghanistan it was better than parts of new york city. >> kristen rouse, i know that this has been an incredibly difficult couple of weeks for you and the work that you're doing. we're grateful for you sharing your story and those you're trying to help. we'll be in touch. kristen, thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up on the show, the committee investigating the capitol riots asking a bunch of companies to save documents for their investigation. we're live on capitol hill with
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hill. good morning. >> reporter: hallie, representative madison cawthorn found himself in multiple controversies since he entered congress just about a year ago. he's a freshman from the western part of north carolina. as you said, he's one of the people who is caught up in the record preservation process of the january 6th select committee and that's because he is one of the speakers on the rally on january 6th at the white house, at the white house ellipse earlier that day but the latest controversy comes when he was speaking at a republican party north carolina county office over the weekend, when he said that fraudulent elections must be taken care of, and it's going to lead to one place if it's not, and he says it's bloodshed. his spokesperson has told "the washington post" that he did not mean that there was going to be any violence from it, and said he was saying that instead, things have to be settled
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without violence but hallie, representative cawthorn is someone who was elected to replace the former congressman and former trump chief of staff mark meadows, and this is one of the latest controversies this young freshman congressman has found himself in, in just the past ten months, hallie. >> laeian caldwell live on capitol hill, thank you for that. coming up, a hospital in germany treating the wounded from the kabul suicide attack. the emotional reaction from the medical workers, next.
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landstuhl, germany. raph, what are you hearing this morning from where you are >> reporter: the taliban held a press conference this morning, this wasn't just any press conference. this was a press conference on the tarmac at hamid karzai international airport, amid the abandoned military hardware left behind by u.s. forces, just 12 hours before and there was no escaping the symbolism here. the taliban are the indisputable rulers of afghanistan as they were in october 2001. the taliban leaders were flanked by special forces carrying american weapons that they had captured from the collapsed afghan national army. there was a member of the haqqani family there, the haqqani network is an al qaeda-linked insurgent group that fights alongside the taliban. at this press conference, though, they struck this interesting pragmatic almost conciliatory note. they are insisting there is a general amnesty for those who
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served alongside u.s. and allied forces, there will not be retribution against those people. there are reports of exactly that happening, but the taliban are very eager to show that they will be a responsible governmen responsible member of the international community. they are very eager to make sure the airport gets reopened, and humanitarian aid starts flowing back in afghanistan especially with the winter coming, and they want investors to come and spend money in afghanistan. they are telling people, taliban-ruled afghanistan is a good place to do business, believe it or not. despite these gentle words from their new rulers, some are terrified and none more so than those that served alongside u.s. troops. >> matt, you are posted up in
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germany where there are evacuees being sheltered, right? >> reporter: actually, they moved on. as of last night they moved on to walter reed medical center. there were about 31 of them. it's not all u.s. servicemen, about 20 were servicemen, and 10 afghan civilians were among those 30 that came over from afghanistan, badly wounded. a range of different wounds. we heard from the leaders from the medical center, and this is across the street from the air base i was talking to you from all last week, and they have been treating wounded warriors from iraq and afghanistan for the past 20 years, and now that the action in kabul for u.s. troops is wound up, we will see more of it trickling down here
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towards the medical center, and i spoke with some of the people running this medical center. they were describing seeing these wounded men and women, all of them, you know, around the same age as those 13 who were killed thursday in that awful suicide bombing outside of kabul international airport. they were describing the enthusiasm among the staff here. this is something i have been hear all week, how much people really want to be involved in getting as many out as they can in this military community. why? because they have such strong connections to the war going on in afghanistan that has been going on for 20 years, and one of the head nurses here said she has been a duty nurse for 20 years and this incident, she reminded her, she said, and even a decade ago, when all the wounded soldiers came in from
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afghanistan, and doing her best to fix them up and send them on to walter reed, which is what happened last night of the last 31. >> there's no other feeling like that than to know that you stand ready to support service members who have made the call. we're here and we got their back and they can go out and do what their country is doing them to do because we have their back, so yeah, it gets you a little choked up. >> reporter: you know, with all of this talk of defeat and tragedy, i got to tell you one last thing. there were nine babies born among the afghan people who were coming through the afghan evacuees, and these are young children that will have a fresh future waiting ahead of them, and that's what the 13 servicemen killed last thursday, what they gave their lives for.
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why? because of what you are seeing on your screen, the wildfire pushing towards lake tahoe. steve patterson is on the ground. i know you are wearing a rain jacket not because of the rain but because the ash is falling pretty intensely where you are. >> reporter: there's a dome of smoke completely covering the area where i am, and this is directly in the evacuation zone, and i am wearing a rain jacket because it's snowing ash currently. behind me, look at this, this is akin to, i don't know, new york's times square being empty in the middle of the day, and this is lake tahoe and people would be flooding the beach and boats out on the water and you would be able to see past the treeline, and it's not just eerie because everybody is gone, but it shows you how close the fire is. firefighters are just outside of that, and they are battling
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flames and they are up against it because red flag winds are now moving into this area, the conditions are extremely dry. it's going to get extremely hot. the winds have been heavy and the brush is so dry that any ember could light a new fire. that's what they are worried about, trying to push back against the eastern front of the caldor fire. the fire grew another 10,000 acres overnight. it's more than 191,000 acres. the threat assessment for the number of homes in the path of flames also increased another 10,000. now 33,000 homes in the threat of flames. there's a state of emergency here, and there's a state of emergency in neighboring nevada where the governor there is worried the fire may spread. this is a serious and tense situation, the next 24 to 48 hours will be incredibly tense for firefighters as they work to make progress towards this fire, and so far it has been relentless. >> that's devastating to hear
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and see. lake tahoe is such a jewel of that region in california and it looks nothing like it usually does. be safe. we appreciate your reporting. you can find us on twitter. thank you for joining us. yasmine picks up coverage right now. good tuesday morning. i am in for craig melvin. it's a busy hour ahead. in about 45 minutes we expect to get an update on ida's deadly path of destruction from the governor and head of fema as well, and we know four people are dead in louisiana and mississippi, and officials fear that number could actually go up. for more than a million customers in louisiana, it's day two of no power. experts warning those days could stretch into weeks and we are live across the south with the latest.

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