US President Joe Biden said Saturday that Washington will send 5,000 troops to Afghanistan’s capital to evacuate embassy staff.
“I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel, and an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who helped our troops during our mission and those at special risk from the Taliban advance,” Biden said in a statement.
He stressed that troops will “maintain the capability and the vigilance to address future terrorist threats from Afghanistan.”
Biden said he directed Secretary of State Antony Blinken to back up Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other leaders of the country to avoid any more “bloodshed” and to try to solve that nation’s problems politically. Blinken will also contact important regional authorities.
“We have conveyed to the Taliban representatives in Doha, via our Combatant Commander, that any action on their part on the ground in Afghanistan, that puts U.S. personnel or our mission at risk there, will be met with a swift and strong U.S. military response,” Biden said.
“I have placed Ambassador Tracey Jacobson in charge of a whole-of-government effort to process, transport, and relocate Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other Afghan allies,” he said.
Biden said the US cares for all Afghan people who are currently facing the danger of death and added that the American administration is working on the safe evacuation of those who helped the US’ cause and also their families.
The president underlined that the aim is for the safe and speedy removal of personnel in the country.The Taliban have made rapid gains in the past few days and now taken control of 24 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals.