Top US national security leaders visit Qatar

The US has managed to get four more Americans out of Afghanistan. Reports say they're the first citizens to be evacuated overland since the US withdrew its troops last month.

The news comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with officials in Qatar-- a crucial link to the Taliban.

Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held talks with Qatar's emir and the country's foreign and defense ministers.

At the top of their agenda was Afghanistan.

Blinken later told a news conference the US is working to make sure charter flights can depart Afghanistan safely with more evacuees.

Blinken said, "We're conducting a great deal of diplomacy on this as we speak. We've also been engaging with the Taliban in this topic including in recent hours. They've said that they will let people with travel documents, freely depart. We will let hold them to that."

He also said there are about 100 people with US citizenship who still want to get out.

The United States views Qatar as an increasingly important ally.

The US moved its embassy from Kabul to Doha amid the withdrawal of American troops.

The Taliban also have a diplomatic office there.