Millions of Americans were left scratching their heads Monday night when Secretary of State Antony Blinken -not Joe Biden- addressed the nation and announced the end of the two-decades long War in Afghanistan.
The President will speak this afternoon.
During his speech, Blinken confirmed their remains a “small” and “unknown” number of Americans still in Afghanistan who wish to leave.
Sec. of State Antony Blinken said the State Department believes there is "still a small number of Americans — under 200, and likely closer to 100 — who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave.” https://t.co/lck8XonsUi pic.twitter.com/0zfT996sfQ
— ABC News (@ABC) August 30, 2021
The Pentagon confirmed Monday afternoon that the last US troops have left Afghanistan, ending 20 years of conflict that was triggered by the September 11th Terror Attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans in 2001.
BREAKING: Last plane carrying American troops has departed Kabul; United States ends presence in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years: U.S. officials
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) August 30, 2021
Breaking News: The U.S. military has departed Afghanistan, officials said, ending a 20-year occupation and leaving the country in the Taliban’s hands. https://t.co/0Ef0cGJs41
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 30, 2021
“The removal of U.S. troops meets the Aug. 31 deadline the Biden administration agreed to with the Taliban, officially drawing the country’s longest-ever conflict to an end,” reports Fox News. “But the fate of those left behind remains a mystery, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirming earlier Monday that a “small number” of Americans who want to leave remain in the country.”
This is a developing story.
FLASHBACK: Six Days Before Fall of Kabul, Pentagon Dismisses Taliban’s Capabilities
The Biden administration continues to deflect growing criticism surrounding its decision to rapidly withdraw US troops from Kabul, claiming just weeks ago that the Afghanistan Army could defend itself from the terror network.
“What proof do you have that the Afghanistan forces can defend themselves?” asked one reporter.
“They have over 300,000 soldiers and police. They have a modern Air Force. They have modern weaponry. They have an organizational structure. They have a lot of advantages that the Taliban don’t have,” said the spokesperson.
President Biden addressed the nation Sunday afternoon on the chaos unfolding in Afghanistan, saying his decision to abruptly exit the country was “rational, logical, and right.”
“There are number of places where we’re doing that, without permanently placing American forces there… But look, that’s the job. My job is to make judgments no one else can or will make. I made them, I’m convinced I’m absolutely correct in not sending more women and men to war,” said Biden.
“I don’t trust anybody, there’s not a lot of people I trust. The Taliban has to make a fundamental decision. Are they going to attempt to be able to unite and provide for the well-being of the people of Afghanistan?” he added.
Watch the revealing comments above.
FACING THE NATION: Biden to Address America Friday Afternoon as Afghanistan Unravels
President Joe Biden will address the American people Friday afternoon as the situation in Afghanistan rapidly unravels.
His administration is facing an unprecedented crisis as the State Department and Pentagon rush to evacuate American citizens and their allies from Kabul and other cities now under Taliban control.
“Officials said Friday that they have so far evacuated about 12,700 people from the country since the Taliban pressed toward Kabul, sparking chaotic scenes at the capital’s airports as nationals and Americans made desperate bids to board planes out of the besieged country,” reports Fox News.
President Biden continued to deflect criticism of his disastrous Afghanistan exit plan this week; telling ABC News the Taliban is currently “going through sort of an existential crisis.”
“No. I think – let me put it this way,” Biden said. “I think they’re going through sort of an existential crisis about do they want to be recognized by the international community as being a legitimate government. I’m not sure they do.”
“They also care about whether they have food to eat, whether they have an income that they can provide for their – that they can make any money and run an economy,” Biden said. “They care about whether or not they can hold together the society that they in fact say they care so much about,” he added.
EXCLUSIVE: Asked about July comment that a Taliban takeover was “highly unlikely,” Pres. @JoeBiden tells @GStephanopoulos, “there was no consensus” in the intelligence. “They said it was more likely to be by the end of the year.” https://t.co/NmBEmVRw8M pic.twitter.com/LSXSC51ox8
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 19, 2021
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.