President Joe Biden stated the US is “on tempo” to complete evacuation efforts from Afghanistan by August 31, if the Taliban cooperates, however couldn’t say what number of Individuals nonetheless stay or what the plan for after the deadline is.
Biden’s handle was initially scheduled for midday on Tuesday, however was pushed again for causes that weren’t defined. The scheduled briefings by the State Division and the Pentagon had been each canceled.
Lastly displaying up simply after 5 pm, Biden opened his remarks by speaking about his home financial agenda in Congress, earlier than addressing Afghanistan. He repeated the speaking factors of the earlier week in regards to the 20-year conflict needing to finish, and talked about US coordination and cooperation with the G7, NATO, UN and EU.
The US and its allies are “on tempo” to complete the airlift by August 31, however the Pentagon and the State Division have been requested for “contingency plans” in case it seems in any other case, Biden stated, noting that the success of the operation will depend on the continued cooperation of the Taliban.
Biden couldn’t say what number of Individuals are amongst greater than 70,000 individuals which have been flown out of Kabul since August 14, nonetheless. He delegated that activity to Secretary of State Antony Blinken – to be introduced on Wednesday.
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To date, the one estimate of the variety of Individuals evacuated from Kabul comes from Politico, which cited a leaked State Division cable to say 4,407 US residents have been flown out as of Monday afternoon, out of the 26,582 whole.
Following the reported go to to Kabul by the CIA Director William Burns, the Taliban introduced that there might be no extension of the deadline for the US to depart Afghanistan. The US “has the sources” to finish the evacuation of its residents by the top of the month, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid informed the media.
A White Home official then informed Reuters that Biden has determined to comply with the Pentagon’s suggestions and have all US troops and civilians completely go away Afghanistan by August 31.
Some US troops deployed to safe the Kabul airport have already begun to depart, the Pentagon informed reporters on Tuesday, providing no additional particulars.
In the meantime, the remaining US residents in Kabul had been informed to “keep away from touring to the airport” until they obtain “particular person directions from a U.S. authorities consultant to take action,” citing “safety threats outdoors gates.”
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The White Home was caught off-guard by the whole collapse of the US-backed Afghan authorities on August 14. With the Taliban in charge of Kabul and surrounding the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, 1000’s of Westerners must make their well beyond the group’s checkpoints – and jockey for seats on outbound flights with tens of 1000’s of Afghans in search of passage in a foreign country as nicely.
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