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More than 8,000 Afghan refugees at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Task Force McCoy hand out toys and hygiene products to Afghans...
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Task Force McCoy hand out toys and hygiene products to Afghans at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 24, 2021.
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 2:57 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 8,000 refugees from Afghanistan were being temporarily housed at Fort McCoy in western Wisconsin as of Friday.

Cheryl Phillips, a spokeswoman for a task force overseeing the refugees at the base, said Friday about 8,780 Afghans were at Fort McCoy. The military base has a capacity to host up to 13,000 as they are resettled across the country.

She says about 1,390 soldiers are supporting them and the base has the capacity to the refugees.

The number of refugees there has nearly tripled in a week.

Phillips also provided the total number of flights per day since Aug. 22. Saturday served as the day with the most flights.

DayNumber of flights
Aug. 222
Aug. 232
Aug. 246
Aug. 253
Aug. 264
Aug. 276
Aug. 2811
Aug. 2910
Aug. 305
Aug. 315
Sept. 18
Sept. 27

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