The US Embassy in Kabul warned Americans leaving Afghanistan that they need to be aware of “potential violence and security threats” near the airport.
“We handle people at multiple gates. Due to the large number of people and security concerns, gates may open and close without notice. We make the best decisions and from open gates to the airport. Please come in, “said the embassy. Said in the newsletter On Friday, Americans added that they need to be aware of “ongoing threats.”
Several officials, including State Department spokesman Ned Price and Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, said Thursday that they did not know how many Americans were still in Afghanistan. But the day before, President Joe Biden confirmed that 10,000 to 15,000 US citizens were still there.
In a newsletter on Friday, the U.S. Embassy once again said, “The U.S. government cannot guarantee a safe passage to the airport,” and Americans “if they decide it is safe, they should consider traveling to Kabul International Airport.” There is. “
Last week it was reported that a Taliban radical group had deployed members around Kabul Airport. Video footage uploaded online showed that Taliban members were blocking Afghans, ABC News crew, etc. from entering the airport. Some Taliban members were seen beating people, including children, in the turmoil of evacuation.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said this week that the United States does not yet have the ability to go out into Kabul and gather a large number of Americans, emphasizing that its current military mission is aimed at securing Kabul Airport. It was confirmed.
In a recent Friday update, White House spokesman Kate Bedingfield told reporters that about 9,000 people had been evacuated since Sunday night when Kabul was captured by the Taliban.
“We are working with the Taliban to facilitate safe transit to the airport,” she said. “Obviously, these numbers keep increasing every day, so it’s a reassuring sign. It’s a good sign. We’re working to get people to move quickly.”
The Biden administration has faced considerable backlash about how it handled the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and even former Obama administration officials and world leaders have provided critical comments. Biden, meanwhile, has been criticized for not receiving questions from reporters and publishing updates more frequently on the situation in Afghanistan.
The White House also said it has denied certain people access to the facility by working with the Taliban to allow it to pass through the airport, despite the State Department’s second Wendy Sherman. Video footage also showed that members of an extremist group designated as a terrorist organization by several agencies were shooting at a crowd of people in Kabul.
This week, the British Parliament resolved to insult Biden about how the Biden administration handled the withdrawal.
Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer said: Year is wrong. “
Biden, meanwhile, took a defensive tone in a public statement this week, arguing that Afghan troops did not want to fight the Taliban, despite the United States providing billions of dollars in weapons. Many were captured by the Taliban this month. And training. He also returned to a statement made in July and told ABC News that he believed the withdrawal would be without turmoil.