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President Joe Biden blamed his predecessor, Donald Trump, for the situation that led to the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan., but the ex-president did not remain silent and blamed the Democrat, who in the midst of these cross accusations ordered the dispatch of 5,000 soldiers.
The deployment of the members of the Army is not an escalation against the Taliban, who are about to control the country, but to ensure the withdrawal of all troops and diplomatic personnel.
“Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military, and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 US soldiers.”, said the president in a statement. “(This) to ensure that we can have an orderly and safe withdrawal of US personnel and other allied members, as well as an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who assisted our troops during our mission and those who are at special risk from the advance of the Taliban ”.
The decision confirmed on Saturday includes the immediate deployment of 1,000 elements already on Afghan territoryaccording to a defense official.
Reports from agencies, such as EFE, indicated that this Monday all US diplomatic personnel were transferred to the Kabul airport.
Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
“One more year, or five more years, of a US military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military is unable or unwilling to maintain its own country,” Biden said in a statement.
The Democrat added that the administration of former President Trump left the Taliban “in the strongest military position since 2001.”, after withdrawing 2,500 soldiers before leaving office and imposing a deadline of May 1, 2021 to withdraw US forces.
“When I assumed the presidency, I faced a choice: to comply with the agreement, with a brief extension to remove our Forces and those of our allies safely, or to increase our presence and send more American troops,” he said.
Former President Trump later responded, accusing Biden of “not following the plan” he left behind.
“He ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan that our Administration left him, a plan that protected our people and our property,” said the former president. “(The plan) ensured that the Taliban would never dream of taking our embassy or providing a base for further attacks against the United States. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground ”.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.