US Embassy Evacuation: Afghanistan Calls For Safe Passage
Many nations have called on all those involved in the events in Afghanistan to respect Afghans and foreign nationals.
Sunday’s removal of the American flag from the US Embassy in Kabul marked the final step in the evacuation. The Biden administration sent 1,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to handle the sudden departures of staff members and other staff. This was days ahead of what US officials had initially predicted.
With the new orders, the US now expects to have 6,000 troops in Afghanistan. The US increased its military presence in Afghanistan when Afghan officials gave the Presidential Palace in Kabul over to the Taliban. This transition was broadcast live by al Jazeera. It reported that three Afghan officials were in attendance.
As the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the US invaded it to avenge September 2001’s terrorist attacks, the US left Afghanistan in a sad and tragic wake. After a mere few days, a nation-building project that spans Republican and Democratic administrations was devolved into a complex and nerve-wracking rescue mission. It cost $2 trillion and resulted in 2,400 American deaths.
More than 60 countries released a joint statement on Sunday night, citing “the deteriorating security condition” in Afghanistan. According to the information, those in power across the country “bear accountability and responsibility for the protection and preservation of human life and property and the immediate restoration and maintenance of civil order and security.”
The nations also stated that roads, airports, and border crossings must remain accessible and that calm must be maintained.
The statement concluded that the Afghan people deserve to live in safety and security with dignity. The international community stands ready to help them.
According to a defense official, Gen. Frank McKenzie (head of US Central Command) arrived in the Persian Gulf to oversee the situation in Afghanistan. Although McKenzie was not publicly identified, the official said that he is not currently in Afghanistan.
Austin spoke to House lawmakers on Sunday by phone, stating that the evacuation was “highly dynamic” and extremely risky.
A military team was scheduled to arrive at Kabul’s airport and establish its air traffic control system to increase evacuation flights from the airport. The Air Force routinely maintains this capability so that it can operate at remote or war-zone airfields.
The defense official stated that “we are going to increase flights.”
The official stated that the current situation was “going south pretty fast” and that there had been no assessment that was pessimistic enough from the beginning.
Joe Biden met at Camp David with top national security officials from the Administration, including Blinken and Austin, CIA Director Bill Burns, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, and CIA Director Bill Burns. They shared their latest assessments of the situation via secure video teleconference.
According to the ministry, a few diplomats (including Ambassador Choi Taeho) remain in Afghanistan to support the evacuation of a South Korean national. The Seoul government also said it is working closely with the United States to ensure their safe evacuation.
Since 2007, South Korea has placed Afghanistan on its travel ban list. According to reports, there were five South Koreans in Afghanistan when the Seoul government demanded they leave within ten days of the United States and NATO launching troop withdrawals.