For the first time in nearly two decades, the sun rose over Afghanistan on Tuesday and there were no US troops on the ground.
Here’s what happened yesterday:
Biden’s Address: President Biden on Tuesday Strongly defended the decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and end the war there, the longest war in American history. Biden argued that the US “no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan” and that the US withdrawal signaled “the end of an era of major military operations to remake other countries”. .
As of Monday, more than 122,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport since July, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters. The total includes 5,400 Americans.
The US withdrawal was shaken by the Taliban’s unexpectedly swift takeover of the Afghan capital, but Biden portrayed the withdrawal as an “extraordinary success”.
A secret deal: US military talks secret agreement with Taliban According to two defense officials, this resulted in members of the Islamist group escorting Americans to the gates of Kabul airport as they tried to flee Afghanistan. One of the officers also revealed that US Special Operations Forces set up a “secret gate” at the airport and “call centers” to guide Americans through the evacuation process.
One official said of the arrangement, “It worked, it worked beautifully.”
Americans still in Afghanistan: President said The US government believes there are about 100 to 200 Americans remaining in Afghanistan, “with some intention to go.” Most of those who remain are dual citizens and longtime residents who chose to stay in Afghanistan because of “family roots”, Biden said.
Biden said the US is committed to weeding out Americans who want to leave, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken is leading diplomatic efforts to do so.
a fuzzy futureWhat comes next for Afghanistan and the Taliban’s efforts to rule the country are unclear. The United Nations is committed to living in the country “shoulder to shoulder with the Afghan people”. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning That “a humanitarian disaster looms” as “nearly half of Afghanistan’s population – 18 million people – need humanitarian aid to survive.”