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Bahrain joins effort to evacuate Afghans to US

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Bahrain’s national airline Gulf Air has joined international efforts to resettle Afghan refugees amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country, Manama announces.

Gulf Air has become the first commercial company in the world to fly Afghan refugees to the US on a flight that departed from the country’s Isa Air Base to Dulles International Airport.

The move “represents an affirmation of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s efforts to protect lives” and “comes as part of the kingdom’s well-established endeavors to support humanitarian efforts,” the government’s press office says in a statement.

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