Biden withdraws US ambassador and all diplomatic staff on Tuesday
Biden plans to withdraw all US diplomatic personnel, including the ambassador, by Tuesday The Washington Post reports. It’s unclear if or when they will return, the Post reports, citing two US officials:
Despite the interest expressed by the Taliban in having the United States maintain a diplomatic mission in Kabul, the Biden administration has not made a final decision on what a future presence would look like. On Friday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the Biden administration is “actively discussing” the Taliban’s request with American allies and partners in the region, but that the United States has yet to engage directly with the Taliban. to discuss what form a diplomatic mission might take. according to a US official who, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive political deliberations.
The lack of an established plan almost ensures that the U.S. diplomatic presence in Kabul will expire for weeks, months, or even longer, potentially complicating the Biden administration’s ability to deliver on recent assurances that, while the US military will The US On August 31, the United States will continue to assist Americans and Afghans who want to leave after they have left.
Remaining British troops leave Kabul on UK’s last military flight
Two decades of involvement in Afghanistan by British troops came to an end when the last members of the UK’s military and diplomatic staff left Kabul airport on Saturday night, ending the largest evacuation mission since the Second World War.
Operation Pitting, where more than 1,000 soldiers, diplomats and officials were sent to Afghanistan to rescue UK citizens and Afghan allies after the Taliban seized the country’s capital, airlifted more than 15,000 people to a safe place in little more than fifteen days.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said now is “a time to reflect on all that we have sacrificed and all that we have accomplished in the last two decades.”
Terrorist attack ‘very likely in next 24-36 hours’, says Biden
On Saturday afternoon in Washington, US President Joe Biden vowed to continue air strikes against the Islamic extremist group whose suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US servicemen. Another terrorist attack, he said, is “very likely” this weekend as the United States reduces its evacuation.
AP: The Pentagon said the remaining contingent of US forces at the airport, now numbering less than 4,000, had begun their final withdrawal before Biden’s deadline to end the evacuation on Tuesday.
After receiving information about a US drone mission in eastern Afghanistan that the Pentagon said killed two members of the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan early Saturday morning, Biden said the extremists can expect more.
“This strike was not the last,” Biden said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue anyone involved in that heinous attack and we will make them pay.”
The evacuation proceeded as tensions mounted over the prospect of another attack by the Islamic State.
“Our commanders informed me that an attack is very likely to occur in the next 24-36 hours,” Biden said, adding that he has instructed them to take all possible measures to protect his troops, who are ensuring the airport and helping to enter the airfield. Americans and others desperate to escape the Taliban rule.
The remains of the 13 US soldiers killed in the attack were headed for the United States, the Pentagon said.
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Here is a summary of the key news of recent times:
- Two decades of involvement in Afghanistan by British troops have come to an end when the last members of the UK’s military and diplomatic staff left Kabul airport on Saturday night, approaching the largest evacuation mission since World War II. Operation Pitting, where more than 1,000 soldiers, diplomats and officials were sent to Afghanistan to rescue UK citizens and Afghan allies after the Taliban seized the country’s capital, airlifted more than 15,000 people to a safe place in little more than fifteen days.
- Joe Biden warned Saturday that another terrorist attack in Kabul is highly likely in the next 24 to 36 hours. and said the US drone strike that killed two Islamic State targets in retaliation for the deaths of 13 US service members and as many as 170 civilians on Thursday would not be the last such action.
- Musa Papal has been named by his family as a British victim of the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport.. Papal, 60, left his north London home in May to visit his family in Kandahar and was killed in the airport blast. Another Briton killed in the Kabul attack was Mohammad Niazi, a 29-year-old taxi driver who died along with his wife and two of their children after he went to Afghanistan to rescue them, Sky News reports.
- The Pentagon said the United States has helped a total of 117,000 people evacuate from Afghanistan., including 6,800 in the last 24 hours.
- France and Britain will present a resolution to a United Nations emergency meeting scheduled for Monday on Afghanistan proposing a safe zone in Kabul. to protect people trying to leave the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said.
- Free English courses will be offered to families of Afghan interpreters who have fled the Taliban to the UK as part of a comprehensive package to help them settle into their new home.
- Thousands of emails sent to the Foreign Ministry from parliamentarians and charities detailing urgent cases of Afghans trying to escape Kabul have not been read. including cases pointed out by government ministers, the Observer it’s been said.
- The US embassy in Kabul previously warned that US citizens at the airport gates “must leave immediately.” The embassy also warned, citing security threats, that citizens should avoid traveling to the airport due to security threats.
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