The United States should launch air strikes to prevent the Taliban from advancing in Afghanistan

Top Republicans in the Senate said on Saturday that the United States should use air strikes to prevent the Taliban from gaining more positions in Afghanistan.

“It’s never too late to prevent the Taliban from overtaking Kabul. The administration has defeated the Taliban’s advance with air strikes and provided critical support to the Afghan Defense Security Forces (ANDSF), which defends the capital, in the city. We need to act swiftly to prevent an imminent collapse ..) stated in the statement.

“Otherwise, the security threat to the United States will surely increase and the humanitarian costs to innocent Afghans will be devastating,” he added.

Other Republicans also called on Biden to take decisive action, warning that he would otherwise have consequences.

“Please commit US air support to slow the Taliban’s attack. The Taliban’s army is exposed to the ground as it was in 2001. Air support reorganizes the Afghan government and ANSF. And can give them time to turn the tide of battle. They are fighting and dying on the ground, but US air support will strengthen their determination and change the mindset of the battlefield, “said Mike Waltz. The Republican Party) said in a letter to the President on Friday.

Taliban fighters were approaching Kabul on Saturday, the day after US troops began evacuating Americans from the US embassy. The embassy warned Americans to leave soon this week, and Biden to support evacuation, which the Pentagon said was “a narrowly focused mission to help protect the orderly reduction of civilians.” Approved an army of about 3,000 people.

The Taliban have occupied a number of state capitals shortly after the recent withdrawal of the United States and are poised to dismiss the current administration if progress continues.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban threatened Kabul and is in talks with local leaders and international partners. In a public speech, he told Afghani that he was focusing on integrating the country’s security and defense forces to oppose the Taliban’s electric shock.

The withdrawal of the United States was triggered by former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden decided to continue withdrawing after taking office, but broke the agreement with the Taliban and postponed the withdrawal date for several months.

Republicans have blamed Biden’s rapid progress on the Taliban, arguing that his administration may have better planned the withdrawal.

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The Taliban fighter sits behind a vehicle in the city of Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, after occupying the state from the Afghan government on August 14, 2021. (Hamed Sarfarazi / AP photo)
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Afghan police officers speak to commuters in a car at a checkpoint along a road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 14, 2021. (Wakirkosar via Getty Images / AFP)
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Overview of the Consulate of the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 30, 2021. (Stringer / Reuters)

“I have long sought a careful, planned and scrutinized safe withdrawal from Afghanistan while maintaining maximum leverage. The war should end. That is what President Biden pursued. I’m against it, “Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Friday.

“The world is in horror when the Taliban take over Afghanistan in response to President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of U.S. forces. The president did not plan or carry out coherent operations in Afghanistan. Not only erases the success of the United States and its allies, but also boldly boldes terrorist groups like Alcaida and ISIS, leading to future attacks on the United States as we experienced in 9 /. 11 ” Rep. Stephanic (RN.Y.) added.

Biden defended his decision to complete the withdrawal, telling reporters Tuesday that Afghan troops “must fight for themselves and for their country.”

“The United States insists on providing close air support, ensuring that the Air Force is functioning and operational, replenishing its troops with food and equipment, and keeping its promise to pay all salaries.” He added. .. “But they have to want to fight. They outperform the Taliban.”

White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters the next day, “We are closely watching the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country, but in our view, special consequences are inevitable.” Told.

Biden has not commented on the situation since Tuesday. He planned to go to his home in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday and to Camp David in Maryland on the weekends. Biden did not answer the question when he left.

“Today, the President was briefed by members of the National Security Team on his ongoing efforts to safely remove the footprints of Afghan civilians, the White House said on Friday.

Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.

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.