“We have already started the process. Those who helped us are not going to be left behind,” says Biden.
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Joe Biden has promised that “we will not leave anyone behind”. With just over two months to complete the total withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, the US president has announced a plan to mobilize, along with his men, about 50,000 Afghans who have worked for foreign forces, mainly in interpretation tasks. The continual resurgence of the Taliban forces has placed those who cooperated with foreigners in grave danger.
“They’re coming,” Biden explained during a chat with reporters during a break. “We have already started the process. Those who helped us are not going to be left behind.” The leader, who remembered that they “they risked their lives for us”, has offered details of the operation. Include the relatives of the assistants of the international troops, who will be relocated in different countries. In total, an estimated 50,000 people will have a new home as a result of this widely demanded effort.
Concern for the fate of the performers and the other workers had grown in recent times, as the Talibn gained territory. Only so far this week 53 districts have fallen into the hands of extremists. After two decades of Western training missions, massive injections of money into training and military equipment, and continued assistance, Afghan forces are falling apart at every turn. Many troops desert to the Talibn, along with their weapons.
According to estimates by the United States, the Taliban, whose talks with the Afghan authorities are not progressing – officials in Kabul regret that Washington, setting a date for their withdrawal, deprived the Taliban of any incentive to engage – fully control 81 of Afghanistan’s 419 districts. With goodbye marked on September 11 of this year’s calendar, the top Republican representative in the House of Representatives, Mike McPaul, admits that they are not in time to process so many visas.
The alternative for Americans, according to McPaul, is to turn to other countries such as United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait to house former Afghan aides. The operation “is going to involve a lot of planes,” he adds. An image that is already common in the skies of Kabul: dozens of flights, civilian and military, leaving the city and increasing the citizen’s feeling of abandonment.
Those left behind fear that the country is entering a new era of guerrilla warfare, where warlords, supported by one country or another, fight each other while the civilian population perishes. Those who are most afraid are those designated as “traitors”, who worked for foreign troops in the past. The interpreters from Germany, the Netherlands or Australia, all with less staff than the US, had denounced all kinds of bureaucratic obstacles to complete the process that would allow them to leave the country to a safe place. In some cases, according to Human Rights Watch, the authorities of the countries that are leaving with Afghanistan still at war demand proof that they were in danger.
All of this only increases the Talibn’s perception of having their victory to play. Overthrown by the US and its partners after the attack on the Twin Towers, and after two decades of insurgency, the armed group signed an agreement with the former president Donald Trump to stop cooperating with organizations such as Al Qaeda or the Islamic State in exchange for the withdrawal of foreign troops. Despite lingering doubts as to whether this bond is really broken, The US has already removed half of its troops from the country.
According to US military sources, at least 650 of their troops will stay in Afghanistan in protection tasks for diplomatic personnel. Another small contingent will remain temporarily at the Kabul airport cooperating with the soldiers from Turkey, who will be in charge of the security of the complex despite the Talib’s rejection. This Friday, in Ankara, Turks and Americans will negotiate the conditions of this deployment.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Afghan government and other police forces, such as the former president Hamid Karzai, they travel to the White House in a cry of despair. “The international community came here 20 years ago with the clear objective of fighting extremism and bringing stability […] But extremism is at an all-time high today. Therefore, they have failed, “said Karzai harshly in an interview with the AP agency.
This Friday it will be the turn of the Afghan leader, Ashraf Ghani, to meet with Joe Biden and ask him for something Washington doesn’t seem willing to offer. Referring to these meetings, a representative of the Talibn states: “It seems that this visit is more to prolong their power than to find a peaceful solution to the Afghan question. It is in the interest of the United States to focus on a peaceful fit for the matter rather than reinforcing a dying regime. “
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