The situation in Afghanistan, which President Joe Biden assured Americans was not “inevitable” in a speech just last month, is going downhill for his administration, quickly.
According to the Washington Examiner, as Taliban forces inch closer to capturing the entirety of the war-torn nation where America has been involved in a 20-year conflict, it was announced on Sunday that the Biden administration has been forced to order the deployment of yet another 1,000 troops, in addition to some 5,000 already deployed, to aid the ongoing evacuation mission.
The news of the latest deployment, which is presumably not a move that Biden’s Pentagon wanted to make, comes at the same time that reports have emerged that Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country.
In addition, photos have emerged which show American transport helicopters, much like what was seen in Vietnam, hovering over buildings in Kabul, likely taking part in last-minute, emergency evacuation procedures.
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As the Examiner reported, some 3,500 U.S. combat troops have been in reserve mode in nearby Kuwait, with the latest deployment of 1,000 troops to Kabul likely coming from that group. The order reportedly follows Biden’s announcement on Saturday that 1,000 additional U.S. troops had been deployed to the region.
“The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the additional 1,000 troops would come from the 82nd Airborne Division, which had already been on standby,” Reuters reported on Sunday afternoon.
Taliban announces plans
Making matters even worse is a report from Sunday in which it appears as if Taliban leaders have vowed to declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as its forces run out the remaining Afghan Army troops and police from key cities and areas of the country.
The Taliban were last in power in such a capacity from 1996 through 2001, which many Afghans have described as a total nightmare, especially for women and children.
On Sunday afternoon, USA Today reported, a “shelter in place” order was issued for all remaining American personnel in the country. The order came amid reports of gunfire near the airport where Americans and Afghan allies were being evacuated.
“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly,” a U.S. Embassy notice said. “There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place.”
President Biden has yet to address Americans and allies around the world on the devolving situation, as he is reportedly staying out of the spotlight during his relaxing, vacation getaway at Camp David for the weekend.