No Plan to Retreat before End of Month: Biden

The US president, Mr. Biden told his administration could have done nothing to evade chaos, as thousands of Afghan nationals try frantically to avoid the incoming administration.

US President Joe Biden has stated there was no plan for companies to withdraw from Afghanistan “without chaos ensuing”.

Some 4,500 US troops are managing security at the airport in Kabul until the evacuation is complete. Still, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin III said the US is not near where they aspire to be in terms of the manner.

Mr Biden said that the US would arrange “everything in our power” to take its citizens out before the end-of-month deadline, continuing: “we’re gonna stay until we get them all out”.

Many Afghans will have served as translators for US troops during the 20-year battle and be particularly afraid of a vindictive Taliban.
The footage was revealed earlier this week of people so frantic to escape Afganistan that they clung to a plane’s landing gear as it tried to leave the international airport of Kabul.

Biden on US Army

After it took off, a few of them were noticed falling from the plane and onto the ground. When inquired about the photos, Mr Biden was dismissive, stating: “That was four days ago, five days ago.”
He continued: “What I imagined (when I saw the pictures) was we ought to gain control of this, we have to run this more immediately, we have to drive in a way in which was can gain control of that airport. And we succeeded.”

Mr Biden also restated his critique of Afghanistan’s security forces, accusing them of the country’s fall in the face of the Taliban progress.

Earlier in the week, he had said: “American troops cannot and should not be fighting the war, and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”

The claim had prompted angry responses from many of those in the US and UK. Those angry are those who worked adjacent local security forces. One of them who served as an Army officer in Afghanistan was British MP Tom Tugendhat. He told the House of Commons on Wednesday: “To observe (Biden) call into question the strength of men I struggled with, to declare that they ran, is offensive.

“Those who have never struggled for the colours they fly should be cautious about criticising those who have.” The departure of US troops was recognised upon under Mr Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump in last year’s controversial “peace deal” with the Taliban. Still, it was achieved under Mr Biden’s presidency and was supposed to be finished by the completion of this month.

The retreat allowed the Taliban to progress swiftly through the nation, securing all significant cities – including Kabul – by mid-August. Mr Biden told that his administration could have done nothing to circumvent the resulting chaos, as thousands of Afghans attempt despairingly to avoid the incoming government.

Biden on US Army

“The idea that, anyhow, there’s a process to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t understand how that follows,” Mr Biden told it.
The US also desires to rescue up to 15,000 Americans in Afghanistan and up to 65,000 Afghans and their families. He added “When you had the Afghanistan government, the leader of that government, get in a plane and taking off to another country, when you saw the major collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained – up to 300,000 of them – just abandoning their equipment and running.

Data from the Brown University Costs of War and Harvard University’s Kennedy School project shows the high cost paid by Afghanistan’s security forces. While the plan enrolled 2,448 US military deaths and 3,846 US contractor deaths in Afghanistan up to April, some 66,000 Afghan military and police were shot, along with more than 47,000 Afghan commoners.

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