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The CRAF is a nearly 70-year-old program created in the wake of the Berlin airlift to provide a backup by commercial air carriers for a “major national defense emergency.”
The flights would not fly into Afghanistan but instead would be used to transport those who have already been flown out of the country. These routes could include flying individuals who are stranded at U.S. bases in Germany, Qatar and Bahrain, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news.
This is the third CRAF activation in the history of the program. The first happened during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 and 1991, and the second was for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002 and 2003.
—CNBC’s Leslie Josephs and Brian Schwartz contributed to this report.
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