President Biden seems to have damaged his promise to remain in Afghanistan till each American is evacuated.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. introduced Monday night that the final of the U.S. troops stationed on the Kabul airport had left, finishing the navy’s drawdown within the nation, despite the fact that lots of of Individuals seemingly stay.
McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, mentioned some Americans who needed to depart Afghanistan remained within the nation.
AFGHANISTAN: NUMBER OF AMERICANS SEEKING EVACUATION BEFORE DEADLINE ‘BELOW 250,’ OFFICIAL SAYS
“We didn’t get all people out that we needed to get out,” he mentioned.
President Biden advised ABC Information’ George Stephanopoulos throughout an interview on Aug. 18 that the U.S. navy goal in Afghanistan was to get “everybody” out, together with Individuals and Afghan allies and their households.
“That is what we’re doing now, that is the trail we’re on. And I feel we’ll get there,” he mentioned. “If there’s Americans left, we’re gonna keep to get all of them out.”
A senior State Division official advised Fox Information on Monday that there remained a “small quantity” of Individuals inside Afghanistan.
That official put the variety of Individuals at “under 250,” including that some extra Individuals have departed Afghanistan in current hours. The official added that the State Division additionally was dedicated to evacuating “those that labored with us,” referring to Afghan “companions.”
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The introduced finish of the withdrawal got here lower than a day earlier than the official deadline agreed to by the Taliban, which was 3:29 p.m. ET Tuesday – 11:59 p.m. native time in Kabul, U.S. protection officers advised Fox Information.
The Taliban have mentioned they may enable regular journey after the U.S. withdrawal, as soon as they assume management of the airport.
Fox Information’ Brooke Singman and Nick Kalman contributed to this report.