A spokesperson for the Pentagon addressed reporters Friday on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan; saying the administration is surprised “by the speed with which the Taliban” is moving to recapture the country.
“Is the Department of Defense surprised at how quickly it seems the Afghan national army has collapsed under Taliban pressure?” asked one reporter.
“We are certainly concerned by the speed with which the Taliban has been moving, “ said John Kirby, a spokesperson for the Pentagon.
“No outcome has to be inevitable here. We’re watching this just as you’re watching this, and it’s deeply concerning,” he added.
PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON: "We are certainly concerned by the speed with which the Taliban has been moving… it's deeply concerning." pic.twitter.com/l0O267AKxI
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 13, 2021
From Fox News:
Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan on Friday seized Kandahar and Herat—the country’s second and third largest cities, hours after Fox News confirmed that the U.S. military will help evacuate Americans from the embassy in Kabul.
The insurgents have taken more than a dozen provincial capitals in recent days and now control more than two-thirds of the country just weeks before the U.S. plans to withdraw its last troops.
The New York Times reported that just three major cities in the country are still under the government’s control and Taliban fighters are “well-positioned to attack Kabul.” The paper also pointed out that the capture of Kandahar is a symbolic victory for the Taliban because it is where the insurgency started back in the 1990s.
Thousands of Afghans have fled their homes amid fears the Taliban will again impose a brutal, repressive government, all but eliminating women’s rights and conducting public executions.
The plans to evacuate the Americans were briefed to President Biden earlier Thursday in order to get his approval, one official added. The military will evacuate “thousands” of American citizens and Afghan interpreters from Kabul.
“Things are moving,” one official said.
The Taliban’s advance has attracted the attention of the United Kingdom.
Ben Wallace, the U.K. defense minister, said in an interview Friday that his forces could make a return to Afghanistan if there is a resurgence of Al Qaeda and the country becomes a hotbed for terrorism that threatens the West, a report said.
“I’m going to leave every option open. If the Taliban have a message from last time, you start hosting Al Qaeda, you start attacking the West, or countries like that, we could come back.”
Read the full report here.
BIDEN to VETERANS: ‘US Troops Died in IRAN and Afghanistan’
Former Vice President Joe Biden confused reporters on the campaign trail in Florida this week; once again confusing Iran with Iraq.
“US Troops died in Iran and Afghanistan,” said Biden at a campaign an event honoring America’s veterans, confusing the Islamic Republican of Iran with the invasion of Iraq.
WATCH: Joe Biden mixes up Iran and Iraq (again) pic.twitter.com/GF5zSqpoq3
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 15, 2020
Biden continued to confuse millions of Americans Tuesday when he told a roundtable in Florida that the country doesn’t “need more fossil fuels” just moments after arriving in the Sunshine State via his private jet.
“Much people only focused on the environmental impact, what that would mean, especially since we don’t need more fossil fuel. What we need is more renewable energy. I can guarantee you if I’m President there will be no off-shore drilling!” said Biden.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 15, 2020
Biden angered some climate-change activists on the far-left Tuesday when he arrived in Florida for his first campaign stop aboard a giant private plane before entering a giant SUV motorcade.
“Joe Biden has arrived in Tampa, Florida for his first visit to the state as the Democratic nominee. He is hosting a roundtable with veterans here and then a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee,” posted a reporter from USA Today on social media.
Joe Biden has arrived in Tampa, Florida for his first visit to the state as the Democratic nominee. He is hosting a roundtable with veterans here and then a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee. pic.twitter.com/qizRPiSrXn
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) September 15, 2020
Harris raised eyebrows among some of her climate change supporters on social media last Thursday after arriving in Miami in a private jet and being escorted into her SUV motorcade.
“Wheels down in Miami,” posted Harris.
“From a fossil fuel guzzling private plane to a fossil fuel guzzling SUV. Democrats don’t think the rules they want for everybody else should apply to them!” responded the Trump campaign.
From a fossil fuel guzzling private plane to a fossil fuel guzzling SUV.
Democrats don’t think the rules they want for everybody else should apply to them! https://t.co/phwDmnvRxl
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 10, 2020
Climate change is real and it poses a grave threat to our nation and our planet. It’s abundantly clear this Adminstration won’t tackle climate change head on, so state and local governments must. https://t.co/mrH5zlpyJD
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 29, 2017
Harris directly attacked the Trump administration over the issue in 2017, writing “Climate change is real and it poses a grave threat to our nation and our planet. It’s abundantly clear this Administration won’t tackle climate change head on, so state and local governments must.”
Watch Biden’s comments above.
DEVELOPING: Pentagon Confirms Military Plane with 5 Onboard Crashes in Afghanistan
A US Air Force plane carrying five people crashed in eastern Afghanistan Monday, confirms Pentagon officials.
“It was not immediately clear if there were any survivors and officials said there are no indications that the plane – an E-11A – was shot down. The plane is the military version of the civilian Bombardier Global Express business jet,” reports Fox News.
“Local Afghan officials had said earlier on Monday that a passenger plane from Afghanistan’s Ariana Airlines had crashed in a Taliban-held area of the province. However, Ariana Airlines told the AP that none of its planes had crashed in Afghanistan,” adds Fox.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.