The chaos around Kabul airport was so bad on Friday that the US military had to use three helicopters to take 169 Americans to the complex from a building just 200 miles away, the Pentagon said. Meters (656 feet).
Amid the chaos and reports of Taliban violence, as Western nations struggle to accelerate evacuation from Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden has faced criticism for his plans to withdraw US troops and the country’s rapid takeover of Muslim militants.
“I have no doubt about our credibility from our allies,” Biden told reporters after speaking at the White House. “… Actually, exactly the opposite for me … we’re working on consignment, we’re working, we’re committed to what we do.”
Thousands of desperate Afghans are holding documents, children and some items besieged Kabul airport, where gun-carrying Taliban members have demanded the return of a passport holder. NATO and Taliban officials said at least 12 people have died since Sunday, in and around the airport.
US evacuation flights from Kabul airport were suspended for more than six hours on Friday but US officials searched for countries willing to accept those fleeing Afghanistan. He continued on day after day.
In his remarks, Biden cited 169 Americans transported by the military. Defense Department spokesman John Kirby later said the decision to use the helicopter was made because the gate to the airport was not accessible from a nearby hotel on Thursday.
“The plan was simply to walk through (the gate) for them, but there was a large crowd outside the Abbey Gates, a crowd that did not believe in everyone, considering the possibility of their passage.
Biden insists that every American who wants to be evacuated will be evacuated and about 18,000 people have been air-lifted since July.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg described the situation outside Kabul airport as “extremely dire and difficult”, as several member states urged the August 31 deadline to continue.
Despite calls from his fellow Democrats and opposition Republicans domestically and domestically, Biden has not pushed back on that deadline – keep troops in Afghanistan until every American needs water.
Biden said he cannot predict what will ultimately happen in Afghanistan, where the US and its allies have waged a 20-year war. But the Taliban promised to work with other countries to set “tough conditions” for any cooperation or recognition based on the human rights record.
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“They’re looking to get some legitimacy. They need to figure out how they’re going to save that country,” he said. “And there will be some tough conditions. The strong conditions we apply will depend on … how well they treat women and girls, how they treat our citizens. The surname.”
Although the Taliban sought to adopt a more moderate face after briefly taking over the country’s administration last week, the group was ruled by an iron fist led by US-led forces from 1996-2001. / 11. Attacks.
Individual Afghans and international aid and advocacy groups have reported harsh retaliation against the protests, and those who previously held government posts either criticized the Taliban or worked with Americans.
Former officers tell wonderful stories of armed gunmen hiding from the Taliban on their way home. A family of 16 ran to the bathroom, turned off the lights and silenced the children for fear of life.
“There is no clear path for those at risk,” said Shabia Mantu, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, urging neighboring countries to keep their borders open.
Biden stressed once again that the US-funded and well-equipped Afghan army is expected to wage more wars.
“The overwhelming consensus is that … Afghan forces, they are not going to leave. They will not give up and they will lay down their arms and leave,” Biden said, arguing that there was no US. Concerns about the country defeated by Al Qaeda.
The Taliban called for a truce, urging leaders in Friday prayers not to let people down.
An eyewitness said Thursday that a number of people were killed when Taliban gunmen opened fire in the eastern city of Asadabad. The other two eastern cities – Jalalabad and Khost – exhibited similar protests with the 1919 celebration of Afghanistan’s independence from British control.
“The Taliban is facing a new reality that Afghanistan is not like Afghans 20 years ago,” Barakat Rahmati, Qatar’s deputy ambassador to Qatar, told Reuters.
“Afghan people, including men and women, have protested in Kabul despite the Taliban’s gun showing. They are organizing protests against injustice. They protect their identities and flags.”
The US State Department has announced that about a dozen countries from Europe to the Middle East will be allowed to land flights with people displaced from Kabul. Canada says it will consider taking more refugees on behalf of the United States or other allies.
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