“We’re taking each attainable measure on the route of the president to make sure that our forces are protected on the bottom whilst they full their mission of bringing within the remaining Americans and Afghan allies.”
Biden, a Democrat, confronted criticism from Republican lawmakers, who accused his administration of bungling the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
After arriving on the base in Delaware, Biden and his spouse, Jill, met the households of service members killed within the assault.
They have been then to witness the switch of the troops’ stays from an plane that landed on the base at round 8am native time, a White Home schedule confirmed.
Taliban, US and allies condemn Kabul airport assault as finish of Afghanistan evacuation nears
Thursday’s assault, which was claimed by Isis-Okay, the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, was probably the most deadly incident for US service members in Afghanistan in a decade.
The bombing happened simply exterior the gates of the airport, the place 1000’s of individuals have gathered to attempt to get a flight out of the South Asian nation for the reason that Taliban returned to energy on August 15.
The Taliban’s fast advance throughout Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of American and allied troops mixed with the chaotic scenes on the airport have offered Biden along with his greatest international coverage problem as president.
Biden has vowed to punish these answerable for the airport bombing. The US navy stated on Saturday that it had killed two Isis-Okay militants in a drone assault in japanese Afghanistan.
Sullivan stated the 2 “are people concerned within the facilitation and planning and manufacturing of explosive units and they’re a part of the bigger community of Isis-Okay.”
The US has evacuated practically 5,500 Americans from Afghanistan since August 14, together with 50 within the final day, and was nonetheless working to get about 250 Americans nonetheless within the nation onto evacuation flights, a State Division spokesman stated.
Nato, the European Union and 97 different international locations signed on to a joint assertion with the US on Sunday saying they’ll proceed to subject journey paperwork to at-risk Afghans and count on the Taliban to stay to its dedication to permit these individuals to depart.
The US was unlikely to have any diplomats within the nation after the Tuesday deadline for the withdrawal of Nato forces, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press programme.
“When it comes to having an on-the-ground diplomatic presence on September 1, that’s not more likely to occur,” Blinken stated.
Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated the administration had didn’t plan for a Taliban takeover, and criticised Blinken for giving a optimistic view of the evacuation effort.
“Their plan has principally been comfortable discuss. Folks have died and individuals are going to die as a result of President Biden determined to depend on comfortable discuss as a substitute of actuality,” Sasse informed ABC’s This Week.
Different members of Congress have vowed to research what went awry in Afghanistan. Senate International Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, a Democrat, stated earlier this month his panel will maintain a listening to on US coverage towards Afghanistan “together with the Trump administration’s flawed negotiations with (the) Taliban, and the Biden administration’s flawed execution of the US withdrawal.”