President Biden is facing heavy criticism after describing the US evacuation from Afghanistan as an ‘extraordinary success’.
The United States pulled out of the South Asian country on August 30 and Biden has now spoken publically about it for the first time.
He said: “We completed one of the biggest airlifts in history.
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“No nation has ever done anything like it in all of history; only the United States had the capacity and the will and ability to do it.”
Despite this, the deadline for evacuation has now passed and around 200 US citizens remain in Kabul.
Mr Biden explained every effort is being made to secure their evacuation should they wish to leave.
He added: “I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit.”
Biden also criticised his predecessor Donald Trump’s actions, saying that ‘he brokered a deal that authorised the release of 5,000 prisoners – many of whom were top Taliban officials.’
He said: “By the time I came to office, the Taliban was in its strongest military position since 2001, controlling or contesting nearly half of the country.”
The President then issued a warning to SIS-K militants, who claimed ownership of the deadly attack on Kabul airport last week, saying: “We are not done with you.”
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday, August 30, found that less than 30 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. Some have asked why the withdrawal couldn’t have been extended by one more day or began earlier.
According to The New York Times, Biden conceded no mistakes in how he ended the War.
He said: “Imagine, if we had begun evacuations in June or July, bringing in thousands of American troops and evacuating more than 120,000 people in the middle of a civil war, there still would have been a rush to the airport, a breakdown in confidence in control of the government, and it still would have been a very difficult and dangerous mission.”
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