“Impossible” Afghanistan evacuation ends by August 31 Deadline: Schiff


Congressman Adam Schiff (Democratic Party) said on Monday that the United States is unlikely to complete the Taliban’s voluntary evacuation of Americans and others from Afghanistan by the deadline.

“I think it’s possible, but given the number of Americans still needing to evacuate, the number of SIVs, the number of others who are members of the Afghan press, civil society leaders, and female leaders. I don’t think it’s very likely, “Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters outside the US Capitol in Washington.

SIV stands for Special Immigrant Visa.

Mr. Schiff said it was “encouraging” to see the number of people flying on U.S. military aircraft and charter flights increase over time, but taking people to Kabul’s airport was “logistics.” He said it would be difficult to get everyone out because of the above difficulties. By August 31st.

“And I do believe that we will maintain our military presence as long as we need to drive out all Americans and fulfill our moral and ethical obligations to our Afghan partners.” Said a member of parliament who attended the closing. -Door briefing with intelligence officials on Afghanistan.

Approximately 5,800 US troops are in Kabul, helping to evacuate Americans, Afghanistan, and others before they completely withdraw in the near future.

President Joe Biden imposed a deadline of 31 August in his summer speech, saying the Taliban now hopes it will be met. Otherwise, a terrorist group spokesman said this week there would be “results.”

US officials have repeatedly refused to promise an extension of the deadline if such an extension is needed.

“We take this day every day. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said at a press conference on Monday.

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Afghanistan will board the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft while evacuating at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan on August 22, 2021. (US Air Force via Reuters)

As of August 23, up to 4,000 Americans had fled Afghanistan, according to military officials. This means that more than 10,000 people may still be in the country.

And there are still tens of thousands of Afghans seeking visas from the United States.

Some allies, like other lawmakers, are pressing the United States to postpone the deadline.

Susan Wild, Pennsylvania, said earlier on Tuesday, “We need to secure an airport in Kabul and keep our promise to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies. Twitter.

“We’ll extend the deadline for POTUS – 8/31 and free our employees. We can’t change the past, but we still have time to get this last part right,” added Rep. Peter Meyer (Republican). rice field.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.