Afghanistan warning: Joe Biden warns 100,000 Afghans face being stranded in Kabul
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Chaos and panic are the reigning emotions across Kabul as desperate people scramble to escape the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. An estimated 12,000 foreigners and embassy workers have fled Afghanistan since Sunday according to Nato. Shocking scenes from Kabul have prompted international concern with thousands crushed and Taliban militants beating Afghans with canes.
US President Joe Biden admitted the US may be unable to rescue everyone from Afghanistan.
He said he could not guarantee the outcome of the “most difficult and dangerous airlift in history”.
The US leader said there was “risk of loss” in the evacuation process, warning 100,000 Afghans who have helped the US could be left to face reprisals from the Taliban.
Nato officials have requested the US extend the August 31 deadline for evacuating people from Afghanistan.
Mr Biden said the US has rescued 13,000 people to date.
He said: “Any American who wants to come home, we will get you home.”
The US leader added the US military would make the “same commitment” to 50-65,000 Afghan allies hoping to leave, before adding the evacuation of American citizens was the “priority”.
He said: “Make no mistake, this evacuation mission is dangerous.
“It involves risks to our armed forces and it’s being conducted under difficult circumstances.”
The US President added: “I cannot promise what the final outcome will be or that it will be without risk of loss.
“But as commander in chief, I can assure you that I will mobilise every resource necessary.”
He also said it will not be necessary to send in US troops to Kabul to extract any trapped Americans.
Mr Biden claimed the Taliban is permitting airport entry to anyone holding a US passport.
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However, reports emerging from Kabul suggest many US citizens are struggling to reach the airport.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Friday that Americans trying to leave Afghanistan have been beaten by Taliban fighters.
Mr Austin called the alleged beatings “unacceptable” and specifically declined to “rule in or out” the possibility of U.S. troops moving beyond the airport to help Americans and others get to safety.
The Defense Secretary said: ““We’re also aware that some people, including Americans, have been harassed and even beaten by the Taliban.
“This is unacceptable and [we] made it clear to the designated Taliban leader.”
The UK is in a race against time to help British citizens and Afghans escape the Taliban.
The US announcement came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK would have to “manage the consequences” of the US withdrawal from the central Asian country.
He said: “We went into Afghanistan to support and help protect the United States.
“So when the United States decides emphatically to withdraw in the way that they have, clearly, we’re going to have to manage the consequences.”
Mr Johnson said 1,000 people had been repatriated to the UK on both Thursday and Friday with most of them UK nationals or those who have assisted British efforts in Afghanistan.
Mr Johnson reportedly feels “let down” by the US President’s handling of the crisis according to The Times.
Downing Street confirmed the British Embassy in Kabul has been evacuated.
Asked whether the militants were a regime he could potentially work with, Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s very important that we take people at face value.
“We hope that they mean what they say.”
He said insurgents would be judged “on their actions” rather than their words.
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