Following Taliban’s* takeover of Afghanistan in the wake of withdrawing US forces, President Joe Biden, under fire over execution of the pullout, told reporters he would “mobilize every resource” to provide “safe evacuations,” while adding he had “no indication” of claims that the Islamist group was preventing Americans from reaching Kabul airport.
The Pentagon on Friday appeared to flatly contradict two claims just minutes after they were made by US President Joe Biden.
Flanked by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Biden delivered remarks on the US military’s ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.
In his speech from the East Room of the White House, the Commander-in-Chief declared success in ridding Afghanistan of Al Qaeda and dismissed earlier reports of Americans being prevented from reaching Kabul airport for evacuations.
When asked if US troops would be sent out of their base in Hamid Karzai International Airport to help Americans reach the evacuation site, Biden said:
Minutes later, however, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, told House lawmakers in a briefing call that Americans trying to leave Afghanistan have been beaten by Taliban militants while trying to reach the sole evacuation point in Afghanistan that is not controlled by the Taliban*, according to sources cited by Politico.
During the conference call with members of Congress,…