The United States is deploying upwards of 3,000 troops to help evacuate the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Taliban advances towards the capital city.
“The troops, which will consist of three infantry battalions in total from the Marines and Army, will deploy to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport within 24 to 48 hours, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing Thursday,” reports CNBC.
“This is a very narrowly focused mission of safeguarding the orderly reduction of civilian personnel out of Afghanistan,” Kirby said, adding the Pentagon expects to increase its airlift capability in the region.
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.
BREAKING: Biden Announces US Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Deadline Set for Sept 11
President Biden announced the rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan with a deadline of September 11th, 2021 Wednesday; effectively ending America’s longest foreign war on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attack on New York City and the Pentagon.
“I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth President… I have concluded that it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home. When I came to office, I inherited a diplomatic agreement, dually negotiated, that all US forces will be out of Afghanistan,” said Biden.
“In keeping with that agreement, the United States will begin our final withdrawal on May 1st and will do it safely,” he added. “We will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners.”
.@JoeBiden announces the U.S. will withdraw troops from Afghanistan:
"It's time to end America's longest war. It's time for American troops to come home." pic.twitter.com/BJN5lyP7Sa
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 14, 2021
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