“We proceed our mission to get them out. It’s simply that it has shifted from a army mission to a diplomatic mission,” nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“And we’ve appreciable leverage over the Taliban to make sure that any remaining American citizen will be capable to get out,” he added, with out describing the leverage.
Between 100 and 200 People are nonetheless in Afghanistan, in line with State Division estimates.
Biden, who plans to talk on Afghanistan later Tuesday, promised on Aug. 20 that the US would evacuate each American who wished to depart the nation.
However no less than among the People who stay within the Taliban-held nation mentioned they tried to depart however weren’t profitable.
“The final flight is gone and we’re left behind,” a U.S. citizen utilizing a moniker mentioned late Monday on CNN.
People who wished to depart had been compelled to courageous Taliban checkpoints, with some being overwhelmed by extremists. Some reported being blocked from passing by means of.
Roughly 6,000 U.S. residents had been flown out between Aug. 14 and Aug. 31, however “below 200, and certain near 100” stay in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned Monday.
“We’re making an attempt to find out precisely what number of. We’re going by means of manifests and calling and texting by means of our lists, and we may have extra particulars to share as quickly as doable. A part of the problem with fixing a exact quantity is that there are longtime residents of Afghanistan who’ve American passports and who’re making an attempt to find out whether or not or not they wished to depart. Many are twin citizen People with deep roots and prolonged households in Afghanistan who resided there for a few years. For a lot of, it’s a painful alternative. Our dedication to them and to all People in Afghanistan and in all places on the planet continues,” he mentioned.
No People had been evacuated on the final 5 jets, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. informed reporters in a separate briefing.
“None of them made it to the airport, and had been capable of be accommodated,” he mentioned.
U.S. officers have largely painted the evacuation mission as successful, noting that the US flew or facilitated the evacuation of greater than 123,000 civilians from the Kabul airport in 18 days.
However critics say the evacuation efforts had been deeply flawed, from the reliance on the Taliban to the failure to cease a bombing assault that left 13 U.S. troops useless.
And so they say the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, which Biden imposed over the summer time, ought to have been pushed again till all People had been evacuated.
“President Biden informed the American folks: ‘If there’s Americans left, we’re gonna keep to get all of them out.’ He didn’t maintain his phrase. Lots of of People are actually caught in Afghanistan on the mercy of the Taliban and ISIS-Ok,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the highest Republican on the Home Armed Companies Committee, mentioned in a press release.
“We now have a commander-in-chief that actually left People behind, reportedly as hostages now, within the arms of the Taliban,” Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) mentioned on Newsmax.
Requested why the withdrawal occurred when it did, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned on CNN’s “New Day” that the army’s job “is to offer choices to the commander-in-chief, however it’s to not make coverage.”
“We don’t see a army function right here in serving to these, these final people getting out. And clearly, our job is to offer the president choices, however I don’t foresee that that’s an choice proper now that’s going to be wanted,” he added.
Sullivan mentioned Biden acquired a unanimous suggestion from Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin, Blinken, all of his civilian advisers, all of the commanders on the bottom, and the Joint Chiefs of Workers “that the easiest way to guard our forces. And the easiest way to assist these People [still in Afghanistan] was to transition this mission.”
“On the finish of the day, the query might be, did we shield these Americans did they get out in the event that they wished to get out? We imagine that we are going to get out any one that needs to get out and we may have accomplished that mission,” he added. “And those that are criticizing will not be those who’ve to take a seat within the State of affairs Room and make the laborious calls in regards to the threats that we face and the goals we’re making an attempt to acquire and President Biden made that arduous name and it’s a name he believes will finally serve the pursuits of our folks.”