WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pledging firmly to bring all Americans home from Afghanistan — and all Afghans who aided the war effort, too.

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He made that commitment Friday as other officials confirmed that U..S. military helicopters had flown into Taliban-held Kabul to scoop up would-be American evacuees.

Biden’s comments at a White House news conference came as the U.S. government struggles to ramp up a massive airlift of Americans and other foreigners and vulnerable Afghans, rescuing them from a Taliban takeover of the country.

Biden is facing criticism from some at home for the chaotic and often violent scene outside the airport as crowds struggle to reach safety.

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