U.S. General Kenneth McKenzie gave a stunning update on the Biden administration’s evacuation effort to get Americans out of Afghanistan.
“Can you, give us a sense of whether or not they were any American citizens or any other civilians who were taken out on any of those last couple of C-17s that flew out this afternoon?” a reporter asked. “And can you give us a picture of what you saw with equipment and other things getting either destroyed or removed at the airport before they left?
“It was… no American citizens came out on the last what we call ‘the joint tactical expatriation,” Gen. McKenzie said. “The last five jets to leave.”
“We maintain the ability to bring them in up until immediately before departure, but we were not able to bring any Americans out,” Gen. McKenzie admitted. “That activity ended probably about twelve hours before our exit. Although we continue the outreach and would have been prepared to bring them ont until the very last minute. But none of them made it to the airport and were able to be… and were able to be accommodated.”
On Monday, the Biden administration announced that the War in Afghanistan was “over” and that the “last plane had left Kabul.” Reports from humanitarian organizations is that the State Department has ‘blocked‘ extraction and rescue efforts. The Pentagon earlier refused to deploy an estimated 4,500 troops into Afghanistan to assist Americans seeking to escape the Taliban, as well as a resurgent ISIS.
U.S. General McKenzie also said at the press conference that “very few hundreds” of U.S. citizens were left behind and “at least 2,000 hardcore ISIS fighters” are now roaming, as Disclose TV reported. Becker News’ Pentagon-connected sources say the estimate is at least 1,500 Americans are still in Afghanistan.
When asked if the U.S. is “more or less safe today than we were before the Taliban took over,” Psaki dodged giving a direct response.
In a recent interview with George Stephanopoulos, President Joe Biden gave his word that he was committed to getting all Americans ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline that he agreed to with the Taliban or stay until everyone got out.
“If there’s American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out,” Biden pledged.
The Aug. 31 deadline is tomorrow.