President Joe Biden will deal with the nation later as we speak – practically 24 hours after the ultimate US troops left Afghanistan in a frantic exit that value the lives of 13 U.S. service members and greater than 180 Afghans.
Quickly after the ultimate US transport planes left Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport – marking the top of America’s longest warfare – Biden solely issued a press release thanking the US army for his or her service.
Biden, who has drawn fierce criticism for the botched withdrawal, is ready to handle the scenario at 1:30 pm as we speak.
“The previous 17 days have seen our troops execute the biggest airlift in US historical past, evacuating over 120,000 US residents, residents of our allies, and Afghan allies of america,” Biden mentioned in his Monday assertion.
“Now, our 20-year army presence in Afghanistan has ended.”
The president added that he “will deal with the American individuals on my resolution to not lengthen our presence in Afghanistan past Aug. 31” in his remarks later as we speak.
Moments after the ultimate 5 US army transport planes lifted out of Kabul late Monday, the Taliban celebrated with a hail of gunfire and fireworks as they stormed the airport.
Footage launched by the Taliban confirmed closely armed fighters inspecting a number of Chinook helicopters, autos and weapons left behind by US troops on the airport.
Hamid Karzai had turn into a US-controlled island because the chaotic evacuations ramped up within the final two weeks after the Taliban seized management of the war-torn nation on Aug. 15.
13 US service members and greater than 170 Afghans have been killed at an airport gate final Thursday when an ISIS suicide bomber set off an explosion. Two weeks earlier, a number of Afghans have been killed throughout tarmac stampedes as hundreds desperately tried to board US evacuation flights.
Greater than 79,000 civilians have been flown out of the airport on US army plane the final two weeks — together with 6,000 Individuals and 73,500 Afghans and third-country residents.
The variety of evacuated civilians grew to greater than 123,000 when accounting for these flown out by members of the US-led coalition.
As much as 200 Americans and hundreds extra Afghan allies have been left behind.
Republicans have accused Biden of abandoning US residents within the Taliban-controlled nation after the president vowed final week to not go away any American behind.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top of US army’s Central Command, mentioned Monday that he believes these nonetheless in Afghanistan will be capable to go away.
“We didn’t get out everyone we had needed to get out,” McKenzie mentioned. “There are Individuals for quite a lot of causes who wish to keep for some time.”