Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-27 11:22:38 –
It’s a battle against time. How quickly can the Biden administration evacuate the Afghans who supported the U.S. forces before the Taliban found and revenge them?
Under the Allied shelter operation, the first wave of 2,500 Afghans will soon arrive in the United States — at Fort Lee, Virginia’s military base. But for the thousands of people left behind, the road ahead is steep. literally.
“We are not required to provide military transport,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
The flight departs from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, an airfield currently protected by US and Turkish troops. But for interpreters hiding outside Kabul, getting there means endangering their lives.
“If they live in the south or east, it can be much more difficult. Many roads are cut by the Taliban and managed by the Taliban. Therefore, they need to find a way to Kabul. I can escape, and I’m not going to pretend it’s easy. ”
The paved road connecting Kandahar and Kabul was funded by the US government. Today, it is called the “Highway of Death” because of the series of Taliban attacks. The Taliban have checkpoints along other major highways, creating new dangers.Translator Reportedly At a desert outpost a few days ago.
And there are negotiations between the United States and Turkey to keep the international airport safe.
If the Taliban could repeatedly attack and occupy the airport, it would be the greatest threat. But I think that’s a long way off. And when it does happen, it causes even greater problems.
Meanwhile, civilian casualties 47% increase Compared to this time last year, a new UN report reports. The main reason … Bold Taliban and other rebel groups.
“I said this earlier, the negative result is that the Taliban’s automated military acquisition is not a natural conclusion. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary,” said the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Mark Milley said at a press conference.
General Mark Milley states that the Taliban’s strategy involves segregating densely populated areas. He says half of the country’s 34 state capitals are currently under threat. Last week’s US airstrikes slowed progress … but officials haven’t said whether they will continue after the US withdrawal is complete.