Biden reinforced that in a speech on Monday (16).
US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Ford McNair on Monday (16) – Photo: Leah Millis / Reuters
In a televised statement from the White House, Biden acknowledged that the Taliban’s progress had taken the US government by surprise.
“All of this unfolded faster than we thought,” Biden of the Taliban said.
The United States has completed a plan launched during the Donald Trump administration to begin withdrawing 20 years of US troops from Afghanistan this year.Read later in this article).
Following the withdrawal of the Americans, the Taliban continued to assist Washington-backed official forces until this weekend, until the militant group captured the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Nevertheless, Biden defended the withdrawal of the US military and, presumably, He criticized the lack of response from Afghan official forces to the Taliban attack. In the end, Public opinion was in favor of withdrawing the troopsA move backed by Democratic and Republican politicians in recent years.
“The United States cannot and will not die in a war in which even Afghanistan is not ready to fight,” Biden said (see video below).
Biden: ‘We can’t go to war if the Afghans don’t want to fight’
In addition, in the announcement, Biden argued that the United States was able to eliminate the threat posed by the al-Qaeda terrorist group – An ally of the Taliban and was behind the September 11, 2001 attacks.
According to the US president, the focus of the US mission was to “create a new nation” in Afghanistan, but to reduce the risk of terrorism – this was the case with Republican George W. Bush, who invaded the White House in 2001. Agreed with Bush. In connection with the invasion of the Asian country.
Taliban militants have taken control of the Afghan presidential palace in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Biden criticized the ceasefire agreement, or the lack of any other guarantee that no attack would take place from May 1, 2021 – the date specified in the Trump administration for the withdrawal of US troops. According to the president, the answer would be if the Taliban attacked American militants or civilians.
“America’s response will be fast and strong,” Biden said.
“We can develop counter-terrorism operations in many countries, but we don’t need a military presence,” says Joe Biden
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001
The United States attacked Afghanistan in 2001 in response to the 9/11 attacks and ousted the militant group. The Americans have accused the Taliban of hiding members and funding them Al Qaeda, A terrorist group commanded Osama bin Laden And responsible for the attack.
In February 2020, the then US President, Donald Trump signs peace agreement with Taliban It announced a total withdrawal of troops from the country by April this year. So, I’m already in office, Biden Put the deal on hold and postpone the full eviction until the end of this month.
The fall of Kabul came earlier than the United States had predicted. According to Reuters, U.S. intelligence estimates that the Taliban will reach Kabul in September, With a possible acquisition in November.
Most US-led forces withdrew from Afghanistan in July, and the Taliban took advantage of the withdrawal and advanced rapidly across the country., Captured several provincial capitals from the beginning of the month.
Video: Check out the timeline for the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan
This Monday, thousands of people entered the runway at Kabul International Airport, and people tried to board flights to leave the country.
Turbulence killed and wounded. U.S. forces took control of the area and tried to control the situation by stopping all flights from Hamid Karzai Airport.
The Pentagon’s chief spokesman John F. Kirby said 2,500 U.S. Marines had been sent to the scene. More Turkish troops will help guard the airport (see below).
The Afghanistan Air Transport Authority said the airport was “permitted for the military” and advised airlines to avoid the country’s airspace, prompting major airlines to divert flights.
Afghans gather on the runway at Kabul airport on August 16 to flee the country after the Taliban invasion of Afghanistan – Photo: AFP
Afghanistan arrives at Kabul airport to escape Taliban in Afghanistan – Photo: Vakil Kosar / AFP
Afghans were spotted on a plane trying to flee the Taliban at Kabul airport. Commercial flights canceled – Photo: Vakil Kosar / AFP
More than 60 countries, including the United States, Germany, Japan and France, released a statement on Sunday He called on Afghan nationals and foreigners to be allowed to leave Afghanistan safely..
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a closed-door meeting The country must immediately expel about 10,000 people under its responsibility, Second to Reuters.
“We are seeing tough times,” Merkel told colleagues in her Christian Democrats. “Now we have to focus on the recovery process.”
The death toll has not been officially confirmed by Afghan authorities until the last update of the report.
A Pentagon spokesman said one soldier had been wounded and two armed Afghans had been killed in a shootout with U.S. forces.
The American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” reports that three people were killed by gunfire. Reuters news agency reports five deaths.
Reuters did not say whether the victims were hit by gunfire or trampled during the melee. It is not clear whether the gunfire was aimed at people or in the air.
Video: Vehicles get stuck in traffic on the streets of Kabul
Taliban seize power in Afghanistan – Photo: G1