Many particulars of the operation had not but been finalized within the hours main as much as it
US President Joe Biden’s administration was nonetheless scrambling to arrange the evacuation of allies from Afghanistan mere hours earlier than the Taliban took over Kabul in August, leaked notes from a White Home assembly point out.
Axios obtained the notes from a White Home Scenario Room assembly on August 14, 2021, which confirmed officers nonetheless discussing the small print of what wanted to occur simply hours earlier than the Taliban secured Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul on August 15.
Within the assembly, which came about between 3:30 and 4:30pm, deputies reportedly “agreed within the close to time period that we could start relocating nuclear household models,” however nonetheless needed to “contemplate whether or not further member of the family classes must be included.”
The notes additionally revealed that the US authorities – lower than a day earlier than the evacuation – nonetheless wanted to determine which international locations might function a transit level for evacuees and whether or not international nationals who have been “speedy members of the family of U.S. residents in Afghanistan” required “further screening and vetting” earlier than they may very well be dropped at the USA.
A spokesperson for the US Nationwide Safety Council (NSC) advised Axios that whereas it could not “touch upon leaked inner paperwork,” the “cherry-picked notes from one assembly don’t mirror the months of labor that have been already underway.”
The US evacuation of Kabul, which came about between August 15 and August 30, 2021, was closely criticized for showing sick ready and disorganized.
At the very least 183 individuals – together with 13 US navy servicemen – have been killed at Kabul Airport in an Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) bombing on August 26 as evacuations entered their twelfth day. Days earlier than, at the least seven Afghan civilians have been killed in a stampede on the airport, whereas at the least one other seven died simply days earlier than that incident as 1000’s of Afghans tried to cling onto a US Air Drive aircraft leaving the nation.
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