U.S. President Joe Biden said U.S. forces in Afghanistan have been facing increasing danger as they hurried to complete evacuations by the August 31 deadline, while relief agencies warning of a developing humanitarian crisis for those left behind.
Since Aug. 14, the day before the Taliban rushed into Kabul’s capital, the US and its allies had evacuated almost 70,000 people, including citizens, NATO personnel, and Afghans in danger. Biden said US soldiers are on track to make the deadline.
“The sooner we can finish, the better,” Biden said on Tuesday. “Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.” On the other hand, The United Nations’ human rights chief stated that she had received serious reports of violations by the Taliban, including “summary executions” of civilians and Afghan security forces who had surrendered.
Source – Reuters