The precipitous withdrawal of US troops from war-torn Afghanistan angered Republicans, many of whom accused US President Joe Biden of “abandoning the Americans” and called for his impeachment or resignation.
It comes hours after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that a contingent of Americans eager to leave Kabul, estimated at fewer than 200 and possibly over 100, were unable to board the last. flights.
The United States has withdrawn from Afghanistan, with the last military plane leaving on Tuesday morning, almost a day before the August 31 deadline.
In a series of tweets, several Republican leaders criticized the US president for leaving Americans behind, ending Mr Biden’s statement earlier this month in which he promised the United States would not would not leave Afghanistan until all Americans were safely evacuated from the conflict-ridden country.
“It is morally indefensible that President Biden abandoned the Americans stranded in Afghanistan. President Biden has decided that it is more important to meet his arbitrary deadline and keep his promise to the Taliban than to keep his promise to stranded Americans, ”Rep. Darin LaHood wrote on Twitter.
Republican Jody Hice said: “President Biden has stepped down from #Afghanistan BY THE DEADLINE – abandon the US citizens still on the ground in desperate need of evacuation! IF BIDEN REFUSES TO RESIGN, HE MUST BE ASSIGNED! It’s an absolute shame! ”
The Republicans’ official Twitter account has been inundated with criticism in the last few hours which marked the historic event in US-Afghan relations with the culmination of 20 years of war and the handing over of the country to the militant Taliban group. “We pray for the hundreds of Americans Joe Biden abandoned in Afghanistan,” read a tweet from the account just hours after the United States finalized its exit from Afghanistan.
“The war in Afghanistan is not over. It has been extended. Terrorism in Afghanistan will not stay in Afghanistan. It will spread like cancer and follow us home, ”wrote Florida Congressman and Republican Mike Waltz.
The United States’ exit from Afghanistan was marked by uninterrupted celebratory fire in Kabul by militant ultra-radical Taliban fighters who announced “total freedom” for the country, seen as an embarrassment for the Biden administration and NATO allies.
U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Frank Mckenzie said that even if the United States had stayed 10 more days, it could not have saved those who wanted to flee the conflict-torn country.
“There is a lot of grief associated with this departure. We didn’t get everyone out that we wanted to get out. But I think if we had stayed 10 more days we wouldn’t have got everyone out, ”McKenzie said.
In their final minutes, US troops destroyed more than 70 planes, dozens of armored vehicles and disabled air defenses that thwarted an attempted Isis rocket attack on Monday.
Senior officials handed the country over to the Taliban, saying it was being tested and the future now had to be decided by the Afghans.
“With the departure of our soldiers and those of the many partners who have supported us, the Afghans are facing a moment of decision and opportunity. The future of their country is in their hands. They will choose their path in full sovereignty. It is also an opportunity to end their war, ”tweeted US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.
Even though it promised a reshuffled and progressive government under pressure to defend human rights, the ultra-religious group has said it wants to eliminate Western influences on the Afghan people.
“Our culture has become toxic, we see Russian and American influence everywhere, even in the food we eat. It is something that people should understand and make the necessary changes. It will take time but will happen, ”a Taliban official told Reuters.
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