Last: Chaos unfolded Monday in Afghanistan following the swift return of the Taliban to power. Seven people were reported dead at Kabul International Airport as panicked crowds fleeing the abrupt Taliban takeover made their way to the runway and US forces suspended air operations amid rapidly deteriorating security.
The Pentagon is expected to send another 1,000 troops to Afghanistan from a brigade combat team, according to defense officials familiar with the plans, to assist with the evacuation of US personnel. With the additional deployment, up to 6,000 US troops could soon be on the ground at Kabul International Airport.
Speaking to the nation Monday afternoon, President Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, blaming the Taliban for the Afghan military’s unwillingness to fight the militant group and arguing that staying in the country is not an option. in American national interest.