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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted on Tuesday that Americans were “stranded” in Afghanistan, despite the earlier position of White House press secretary Jen Psaki that the use of the term to describe those who could not escape the country controlled by the Taliban was “irresponsible”.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Kirby admitted that he did not know the exact number of Americans still in Afghanistan, but that efforts to extract them from the war-torn country would be through diplomatic and economic means. , not with the army.

“At the moment, I think the tools that we have and that we are going to use as a US government are going to be more in the diplomatic and economic tracks, and we don’t really see a military role at the moment,” Kirby said. to host Willie Geist after asking if the military would have a role in saving these Americans.

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Geist asked how diplomacy was going to get these Americans out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

“It’s not completely different from the way we do it elsewhere in the world. We have Americans who find themselves stranded in countries all the time and we are doing everything we can to try to facilitate safe passage,” he said. Kirby said, contradicting Psaki.

“We’ve made it clear our expectations of the Taliban, and if the Taliban wants to rule, and they say they do… obviously we’re going to force them to their actions, not just those words,” Kirby added. “And so, we have leverage tools at our disposal to hold them to account. But that’s the effort. It will be a whole-of-government effort, but I don’t see a military role for it. moment.”

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Psaki initially claimed in an exchange with Fox News’ Peter Doocy at the White House press conference on August 23 that it was “irresponsible” to call Americans stranded in Afghanistan “stranded.”

“I think it is irresponsible to say that Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing home Americans who want to return home,” Psaki said.

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The administration, however, appeared on Tuesday to have broken its promise to stay in Afghanistan until all Americans are evacuated, as the last flight and the last of its servicemen left the country.


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