Joe Biden travels to airbase to honour US troops killed in Afghanistan
“We’re taking each attainable measure on the path of the president to make sure that our forces are protected on the bottom whilst they full their mission of bringing within the remaining Americans and Afghan allies.”
Biden, a Democrat, confronted criticism from Republican lawmakers, who accused his administration of bungling the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
After arriving on the base in Delaware, Biden and his spouse, Jill, met the households of service members killed within the assault.
They have been then to witness the switch of the troops’ stays from an plane that landed on the base at round 8am native time, a White Home schedule confirmed.
Taliban, US and allies condemn Kabul airport assault as finish of Afghanistan evacuation nears
Thursday’s assault, which was claimed by Isis-Ok, the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, was probably the most deadly incident for US service members in Afghanistan in a decade.
The bombing occurred simply exterior the gates of the airport, the place 1000’s of individuals have gathered to attempt to get a flight out of the South Asian nation for the reason that Taliban returned to energy on August 15.
The Taliban’s speedy advance throughout Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of American and allied troops mixed with the chaotic scenes on the airport have introduced Biden together with his greatest overseas coverage problem as president.
Biden has vowed to punish these liable for the airport bombing. The US army mentioned on Saturday that it had killed two Isis-Ok militants in a drone assault in japanese Afghanistan.
Sullivan mentioned the 2 “are people concerned within the facilitation and planning and manufacturing of explosive gadgets and they’re a part of the bigger community of Isis-Ok.”
America has evacuated practically 5,500 Americans from Afghanistan since August 14, together with 50 within the final day, and was nonetheless working to get about 250 Americans nonetheless within the nation onto evacuation flights, a State Division spokesman mentioned.
Nato, the European Union and 97 different international locations signed on to a joint assertion with the USA on Sunday saying they are going to proceed to difficulty journey paperwork to at-risk Afghans and count on the Taliban to stay to its dedication to permit these folks to depart.
America was unlikely to have any diplomats within the nation after the Tuesday deadline for the withdrawal of Nato forces, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press programme.
“By way of having an on-the-ground diplomatic presence on September 1, that’s not prone to occur,” Blinken mentioned.
Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, mentioned the administration had did not plan for a Taliban takeover, and criticised Blinken for giving a optimistic view of the evacuation effort.
“Their plan has principally been pleased discuss. Individuals have died and persons are going to die as a result of President Biden determined to depend on pleased discuss as a substitute of actuality,” Sasse informed ABC’s This Week.
Different members of Congress have vowed to analyze what went awry in Afghanistan. Senate International Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, a Democrat, mentioned earlier this month his panel will maintain a listening to on US coverage towards Afghanistan “together with the Trump administration’s flawed negotiations with (the) Taliban, and the Biden administration’s flawed execution of the US withdrawal.”