The US evacuation from Afghanistan after twenty years of military presence was an “extraordinary success.” That‘s what President Joe Biden said a day after the last U.S. troops left the country. Although critics‘ departure was a fiasco on both left and right, the Democrat stresses that more than 123,000 people were taken from Kabul by airlift.
Biden said in a TV speech that there is no deadline for Americans and Afghan former employees who still want to leave the Afghan capital. He again defended his decision to end the ‘always war’ and took full responsibility for the retreat. It was a matter of “departure or escalation,” said Biden, who pointed out that the stakes cost $300 million a day for all these years.
Last week, an IS-K bomb explosion caused at least 180 deaths, including thirteen Americans. The President stressed that the US is not finished with that Afghan branch of Islamic State. The US will never rest, we will never forgive and forget. We‘ll hunt you up and you’ll pay the ultimate price,” he said threatening again. There has already been a retaliation attack in Kabul where a car with jihadists was blown up in it.
Biden also pointed to other challenges, such as Syria and Asia. The fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere continues without soldiers going to the ground. “The war is over now,” he said, praising the forces again for all the sacrifices they have made.
“200 Americans left behind”
The war in Afghanistan has claimed nearly 2,500 American lives over the past twenty years, and at the fall another thirteen due to the bloody attack during the retreat from Kabul Airport. According to Washington, it is estimated that two hundred U.S. citizens who want to leave remain in Afghanistan. Biden says the Taliban promised to let them go.