“A number of hundred” People stay in Afghanistan following the entire US troop withdrawal, the Pentagon spokesman introduced Tuesday, as army management failed in its said mission to take away all People from the Taliban-controlled nation by the top of August.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby advised MSNBC’s Willie Geist that he doesn’t assume there may be an “actual determine,” for the variety of People left in Afghanistan, sticking to obscure language.
“We consider we received the huge, overwhelming majority of Americans out, one thing to the tune of 6,000 of them,” he mentioned. “And we predict it’s most likely within the low lots of which might be nonetheless there. And there have been additionally a number of hundred others that didn’t need to depart.”
On Tuesday, the final C-17 aircraft had left Kabul’s airport at 11:59 p.m. native time, simply forward of the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from the nation.
US troops helped evacuate greater than 79,000 civilians from the airport since Aug. 14 — together with 6,000 People and 73,500 Afghans and third-country residents, per US officers. Each single US service member is now overseas.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the pinnacle of US army’s Central Command, on Monday estimated the variety of People remaining within the nation was most likely within the “very low lots of.”
Regardless of US troops having left the nation, Kirby remained agency within the US’ dedication to take away People who stay, including that he’s “heartbroken” about having left People stranded within the nation now managed by Islamist militants.
“As Gen. McKenzie mentioned yesterday, we’re heartbroken that we couldn’t get everyone out, however they nonetheless have our dedication, they nonetheless have the dedication of this administration and the US and we’re going to do every thing we are able to to proceed to attempt to get them out of that nation and out safely,” he mentioned.
Kirby cited lack of time as a cause for failing to take away extra allies or Americans.
“We definitely would favor to get extra individuals out if we might, however the time simply wasn’t there,” he mentioned. “And I don’t simply imply the time on the clock, I imply the time by way of the risk.”
Evacuation efforts had been briefly halted final Thursday when an ISIS-Ok suicide bomb assault shook the Kabul airport, killing 13 US service members and almost 200 Afghans. Evacuation flights resumed Friday morning.
In a Monday assertion, President Biden appeared dedicated to serving to take away any People who “need to depart Afghanistan” following the deadline.
“I’ve requested the Secretary of State to guide the continued coordination with our worldwide companions to make sure protected passage for any People, Afghan companions, and overseas nationals who need to depart Afghanistan,” he mentioned. “It will embody work to construct on the UN Safety Council Decision handed this afternoon that despatched the clear message of what the worldwide neighborhood expects the Taliban to ship on shifting ahead, notably freedom of journey.”
“The Taliban has made commitments on protected passage and the world will maintain them to their commitments.”