In his first interview with ABC News since the change in Afghanistan, the US president said that the Taliban’s beliefs had not changed and that it was up to the Taliban to decide whether to recognize the international community or not.
President Biden said that 15,000 American citizens are still in Afghanistan. If the evacuation process is not completed, US forces will remain in Kabul after August 31. The Taliban are preventing Afghan citizens from leaving the country.
According to the intelligence report, the US president said that there was a fear of Taliban occupation of Kabul by the end of the year.
He blamed the Afghan government and the Afghan army for the Taliban’s rapid success.
Joe Biden denied taking responsibility for the chaos during the evacuation, saying, “I don’t know how the evacuation would have happened without the chaos.”
Asked about the people who fell from the plane, Biden said they were five days old.
Earlier, US President Biden said that withdrawing troops from Afghanistan was not a failure. No American would be left in Afghanistan, even if he had to stop after the August 31 deadline.
US President Joe Biden has again criticized the Afghan government and forces, defending the evacuation decision, saying US troops could remain in Kabul after August 31 to evacuate their citizens.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has said that US forces do not have the capability to help evacuate civilians from Kabul airport. However, he added that about 4,500 US troops are in Kabul; there is no tension with the Taliban; they contact Taliban commanders.
The head of US forces, General Mark Millie, has sharply criticized Afghan forces. He said he had never seen an army retreat in 11 days, adding that the Afghan forces had all the defense capabilities, numbers, and training, but they were defeated.