President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan has announced that the U.S. troops will conclude military mission in Afghanistan on August 31.
In an address on Tuesday, Sullivan said the drawdown of troops in the war-ravaged country is proceeding in a “secure and orderly way.”
Sullivan said, “We believe that this can go until the 31st,” adding that they are talking to the Taliban about what the “exact timetable is for how this will all play out.”
He said the Biden administration is faced with making “difficult choices in the context of the end of a 20-year war.”
Part of the choices, he said, is deciding what to do with Black Hawks and other equipment.
“Those Black Hawks were not given to the Taliban.
“They were given to the Afghan National Security Forces to be able to defend themselves at the specific request of President Ghani, who came to the Oval Office and asked for additional air capability, among other things.
“The president could not give it to them with the risk that it would fall into the Taliban’s hands eventually, or he could give it to them with the hope that they could deploy it in service of defending their country. Both of those options had risks; he had to choose. And he made a choice.”
Sullivan added that they do not have a complete picture of where every article of defense materials has gone. “But certainly a fair amount of it has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.”
“And obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, had defended his administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan a day after Taliban militants seized control of the country. Although the decision to leave Afghanistan the way the U.S. did has infuriated diplomats and counterterrorism experts but president still insisted and said he stands on his decision.
According to Biden, he could not justify an “endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict.
“The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight. So American soldiers, the president said, cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.
“We gave them every chance to determine their own future.
“What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”