This WAS to be expected….
EVERYBODY was against such precipitous move….
The US Military….
Where ALL Against this….
The word is the troops will stay to ‘guard’ the Kabul Airport and the US Embassy?
(This reasoning makes NO sense….How wide a perimeter would be needed?….Who would work there?….It would be close off from the rest of the country if the Taliban overrun the surrounding area…)
The Pentagon is trying to work with Turkey to provide the Afghan military with support…Turkey has been a problem for the US with it’s flirting with the Russians they military equipment purchase ‘s….Hmmmm?
The Taliban has made plain they do NOT want a negotiated settlement on power sharing in the country…
Without any ‘boots on the ground’?
The people of that country could be victims of violence we have not seen for a while…
Without a doubt we need the Afghans to carry more of the load….
Joe Biden does NOT need to be remembered in the history books as the guy who watched Afghanistan do a ‘America leaving Viet Nam ‘…..Again
Roughly 650 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats after the main American military force completes its withdrawal, which is set to be largely done in the next two weeks, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
In addition, several hundred additional American forces will remain at the Kabul airport, potentially until September, to assist Turkish troops providing security, as a temporary move until a more formal Turkey-led security operation is in place, the officials said. Overall, officials said the U.S. expects to have American and coalition military command, its leadership and most troops out by July Fourth, or shortly after that, meeting an aspirational deadline that commanders developed months ago….
Getting most troops out by early July had been in doubt because of complications including an outbreak of COVID-19 at the U.S. Embassy and the push to get Afghan interpreters and others who helped the U.S. out of the country. Officials said U.S. commanders and NATO allies in Afghanistan have been able to overcome logistical hurdles that might have prolonged the withdrawal process. But they also warned that plans in place for the final stages of the U.S. military withdrawal could change if airport security agreements fall through or there are other major, unforeseen developments.
As recently as last week, there was discussion of possibly extending the U.S. troop presence at Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul, but officials said the U.S. presence at the base is expected to end in the next several days.
The roughly 650 U.S. troops that are planned to be a more permanent force presence in Afghanistan will provide security for the U.S. Embassy and some ongoing support at the airport. Officials said the U.S. has agreed to leave a C-RAM — or Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar system — at the airport, as well as troops to operate it, as part of an agreement with Turkey. The U.S. also plans to leave aircrew for helicopter support at the airport.
According to the officials, Turkey has largely agreed to provide security at the airport as long as it receives support from American forces. U.S. and Turkish military officials are meeting in Ankara this week to finalize arrangements….
This whole thing seems like a cluster fuck…..
Biden just isn’t thinking this thru in my and others views…
There WILL be more on this….
It just doesn’t seem right….