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Biden breaks promise to ‘stay’ in Afghanistan until all Americans are evacuated
President Biden appears to have broken his promise to stay in Afghanistan until all Americans are evacuated.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced Monday evening that the last US troops stationed at Kabul airport had left, completing the army’s withdrawal from the country, though there are likely to be remaining hundreds of Americans.
McKenzie, commander of the US central command, said some US citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan remained in the country.
“We didn’t get everyone out that we wanted to get out,” he said.
President Biden told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an August 18 interview that the US military objective in Afghanistan was to get “everyone” out, including the Americans and the Afghan allies and their families.
“This is what we are doing now, this is the way we are on. And I think we will get there,” he said. “If there are any US citizens left, we will stay to get them all out.”
A senior State Department official told Fox News on Monday that a “small number” of Americans remained inside Afghanistan.
The official estimated the number of Americans at “less than 250”, adding that some more Americans have left Afghanistan in recent hours. The official added that the State Department had also pledged to evacuate “those who worked with us”, referring to Afghan “partners”. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOP STORY.
Senator Tom Cotton, who appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday night, said Biden had kept his promise to the Taliban to be out by August 31, but not to Americans still in the country.
In other developments:
– The last American troops have left Afghanistan
– The Taliban are boasting: American troops have left Kabul, Afghanistan has “obtained full independence”
– Blinken pledges his support to the Americans who remained in Afghanistan after the withdrawal: “We will help them to leave”
– Biden emphasizes ‘unanimous recommendation’ by military leaders to meet August 31 exit deadline from Afghanistan
– Richard Engel of NBC: Biden’s Afghan withdrawal was “the worst surrender of Western values in our lifetime”
– Veterans organization struggles to evacuate Afghan interpreters desperate to find safety as US troops retreat
Sailor who criticized military leaders for leaving Afghanistan said he was ordered to undergo a mental health exam
A US Navy officer who was relieved of his command for breaking rank and shouting at authorities about the chaotic and deadly evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan in which 13 servicemen were killed, said Monday that he was ordered to undergo a mental health exam.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was fired after posting a video on social media where he criticized military leaders for the sloppy exit. In the footage, the 17-year-old Marine, just three years on full board, said he took the executives to task.
“I’m not saying we have to be in Afghanistan forever, but I’m saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, that’s a bad idea to Evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic air base, before we evacuate everyone? ”Scheller said last Thursday.“ Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think about doing that, did somebody put their hand up and say, ‘We totally screwed this up?’ “
In an online article published Monday, Scheller said his commanding officer ordered him to go to hospital for mental health screening. He said he was assessed by mental health specialists and “then sent on my way.” CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
In other developments:
– Fathers of Marines killed in Kabul explosion tear Biden apart: “He spoke more of his son than of my son”
– Wounded Marine tears up Blinken, General McKenzie on Taliban praise: “How dare you do that”
– Grieving father remembers Utah Marine killed in Kabul attack: “He had the biggest heart in the world”
– Marines release photo of dignified transfer of fallen servicemen killed in Kabul
Taliban take control of Kabul airport, celebrate ‘pleasant moment of victory’
Taliban leaders took control of Kabul airport on Tuesday and marked the departure of the last US plane from the country by taking a symbolic walk on the airport’s only runway, according to a report.
“The world should have learned a lesson and now is the joyful moment of victory,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a live video, according to the Associated Press. He spoke to reporters at Hamid Karzai International Airport and said the Americans “could not achieve their objective through military operations,” according to Al Jazeera.
Celebratory gunfire could be heard all over Kabul before dawn, Reuters reported. A Los Angeles Times reporter posted a video of Taliban fighters inspecting a hangar after leaving the United States.
The AP reported that vehicles carrying the Taliban made round trips along the airport’s only runway.
Before dawn, heavily armed Taliban fighters made their way through hangars, passing some of the seven CH-46 helicopters the State Department used for its evacuations before making them unmanageable. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.
In other developments:
– Hannity calls on Biden to step down for abandoning US citizens in Afghanistan
– Unchecked Afghan refugees allowed to leave Wisconsin military base unattended: Rep. Tiffany
– “Don’t trust the Taliban”, hundreds of people gather in front of the White House
– Taliban offered Kabul to US, but Americans said no: report
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A FEW WORDS OF APART
Sean hannity Monday called on President Biden to resign for “lying” to the American people about his promise to stay in Afghanistan until every citizen is evacuated.
“Apparently Joe Biden was telling all of us an outright lie,” Hannity told “Hannity” viewers after the last US plane left Kabul. “It transcends politics, it is [for] a Democrat, Republican, Conservative or Liberal. Everyone should see it here. “
The host referred to Biden’s previous interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, where he promised on August 18 that the US military objective in Afghanistan was to get “everyone” out, including the Americans. and Afghan allies and their families.
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