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U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the U.S. military doesn’t have the capacity at this point to extend security forces beyond the perimeter of the Kabul airport in order to get more civilians safely evacuated out of Afghanistan.
Jake Sullivan acknowledged reports that some civilians were encountering resistance — “being turned away or pushed back or even beaten” — as they tried to reach the Kabul international airport.
The U.S. military is coordinating with the Taliban while accelerating the airlift of Americans and Afghan allies from the Kabul airport, and also bringing in additional U.S. troops in a scramble to complete the evacuation in two weeks, Pentagon officials…
Three thousand fresh U.S. troops were rushing to Kabul to speed evacuation flights for some American diplomats and thousands of Afghans, as the Taliban pressed a lightning offensive that has captured much of the country.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday the Army and Marine forces will enter Afghanistan within the next two days to assist at the Kabul airport with the partial embassy evacuation.
President Joe Biden said Monday the U.S. military’s combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, setting out a timeline for American forces to formally step back in their fight against ISIS in Iraq.
The Pentagon said it has canceled a cloud-computing contract with Microsoft that could eventually have been worth $10 billion. The statement did not directly mention that the Pentagon faced extended legal challenges by Amazon.
As the last U.S. combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, the question arises: When is the war really over? For Afghans there is no end in sight.
Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time defense secretary and one-time presidential candidate whose reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern U.S. military was unraveled by the long and costly Iraq war, died Tuesday.
The leaders' visit to Washington comes as the Biden administration has stepped up plans for withdrawal ahead of the president's Sept. 11 deadline to end a nearly 20-year old war that has come with a breathtaking enormous cost.
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