As the United States continues to withdraw from Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden has said American troops can stay longer in the country to ensure that all Americans leave the country.
On the chaos witnessed since Monday amid the pullout, the US President speaking to a US network said: “We’re gonna go back in hindsight and look — but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happened.”
America is set to evacuate thousands of interpreters who had helped the troops during the war with the Taliban.
On the scenes witnessed at the Hamid Karzai international airport, the US president said: “What I thought was, we have to gain control of this. We have to move this more quickly. We have to move in a way in which we can take control of that airport. And we did.”
The United States has reportedly evacuated 3,200 people from Afghanistan, including diplomatic missions, as the US administration aims to deport 9,000 people daily.
“The last president negotiated a year earlier that he’d be out by May 1 and that the return, there’d be no attack on American forces. That’s what was done. That’s why nothing was happening,” the President told the American network.
“I had a simple choice. If I said, ‘we’re gonna stay,’ then we’d better be prepared to put a whole lot hell of a lot more troops in,” Biden said