President Biden described his administration’s Kabul evacuation attempts as “incredible,” while warning of ongoing danger.
The President said, “It’s an incredible operation .. the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is going to be hard and painful … There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss.” Over 10,000 American citizens and military forces are currently trapped in Afghanistan after the US unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the country and the Taliban seized power.
Contrary to Biden’s optimism, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a statement that the U.S. does not currently have the ability to evacuate a large number of people. “Quite frankly, it’s obvious we’re not close to where we want to be in terms of getting the numbers through,” said Lloyd Austin. “As I stated earlier, we’re gonna push more military assistance down to the entry points to facilitate these efforts, but we’re really working hard to get as many people through as possible.”
In the past week, the Taliban has conducted door-to-door searches in Kabul, searching for Afghan government officials, military members, and other allies who worked with the United States. Reports suggest those with relation to the US have been tortured and killed. Furthermore, the Taliban is seizing weapons from civilians and has gained access to American military equipment as well as bases.