(ReliableNews.org) – US forces in Afghanistan continue their efforts to fully withdraw by President Joe Biden’s September 11 deadline. At the same time, US personnel continue their efforts to evacuate American civilians and Afghan natives who worked alongside American troops and officials. A group of frustrated Republican lawmakers recently sent an important request to Biden and his administration.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) sent a letter to Biden on August 19 reminding him of America’s “solemn responsibility” to successfully evacuate all American citizens and “Afghan partners” regardless of the “arbitrary timelines” imposed by the Taliban. Inhofe serves as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Fifteen of his fellow Republican senators signed the letter.
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The letter also demanded the Biden administration “use whatever means necessary” to safely transport American citizens and all eligible Afghan nationals to “appropriate evacuation points” so they can quickly exit Afghanistan.
The 16 GOP lawmakers concluded their letter warning Biden that “it would be unconscionable” to leave anyone behind in Afghanistan. They also demanded Biden make it crystal clear to the Taliban and “every other terrorist group” that they will face dire consequences should they interfere with evacuations.
It only took the Taliban 10 days to take control of Afghanistan, ending with its seizure of the presidential palace in Kabul on August 15. Since then, they have erected barricades around Hamid Karzai International Airport and imposed an August 31 deadline to complete the US-led evacuations.
Biden recently confirmed his intention to leave a residual military presence in Afghanistan beyond the end of the month. However, Pentagon officials conceded it would take Taliban approval to extend the evacuations beyond August 31. Hopefully, Biden heeds the request of the GOP senators and makes sure no one gets left behind, regardless of any Taliban threats or demands.
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