The atmosphere in the Pentagon corridors was dark as military personnel watched helplessly in the chaos at Kabul airport on Monday, with Joe Biden personally criticizing the government for its slow withdrawal from Afghanistan, which had cooperated with the United States. .
Many criticized the US State Department for issuing visas to those who worked with US troops and those who feared for their lives in aid missions or as translators.
The videos showed scenes of panic in Kabul. Pictures showed hundreds of people running to take off with a U.S. military plane. Many people tried to board the plane as it went down the runway.
We warned them for months, months, that the situation was urgent, as one military man asked unidentified.
“I was not angry. I was frustrated,” another official noted. “The process should have been handled differently,” he added.
Biden decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by mid-April by September 11, but expected to withdraw by August 21.
However, the State Department waited for months to set up a special framework to expel all of America’s allies.
Another Pentagon official told AFP that diplomats had tried to expedite the processing of visas, but the situation was too long and complicated.
The Biden administration said the US embassy in Kabul would remain open and that the government would retain control of the country for several months after the withdrawal of US troops.
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As soon as Biden announced his withdrawal, the Pentagon said it was preparing for a mass evacuation.
But in mid-June, the government did not consider an eviction necessary and offered to issue special visas, a process that could take up to two years.
It was only at the end of June that the White House began considering the possibility of expelling Afghan translators.
The crisis unit was set up to arrange receptions at US military camps for the visas of Afghan refugees.
When asked about the more than two-month delay between the announcement of the withdrawal of troops on Monday and the crisis cell formation, its director Gary Reid stressed that the Pentagon could only act “in favor of the State Department.”
State Department spokesman Nate Price said when the government warned that “the situation is developing rapidly” it called it “Operation Shelter of Allies”, describing it as “America’s colossal effort.” It issues and verifies the visas of so-called special immigrants, but actually takes them to the United States on a major flight.
He said about 2,000 Afghans have already arrived in the United States.
The task force was activated in July, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
“But one (boreal) can go back to the spring and ask Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin himself to speak about the interpreters and the sacred duties we know,” the spokesman added.
“Everything seen in the last 48 or 72 hours is personal to everyone at the Pentagon,” Kirby added in pictures from Afghanistan.
“Many of us have spent many years in Afghanistan and felt a great connection with current events,” said Army Commander General Hong Taylor.
However, he added, “We are focused on the safe relocation of Americans and Afghans.”
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