President Biden was hesitant to permit the US armed service to rescue Us citizens outdoors the Kabul airport in Afghanistan because he feared a repeat of the “Black Hawk Down” tragedy that led to the fatalities of 18 American soldiers in Somalia, according to a report.
Biden, speaking to military commanders in Afghanistan final week, introduced up the 1993 attack in Mogadishu that downed two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters by fighters faithful to Somali President Mohamed Farrah Aidid applying rocket-propelled grenades, the Related Press noted.
The assault on the helicopters and the subsequent rescue try of their crews sparked combating through the night time.
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Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated final week that the somewhere around 5,200 US troops in Kabul “don’t have the functionality to go out and acquire up large numbers of people” because they have to continue to keep the airport secure.
On Monday, US special forces rescued 16 Us residents who had been about two hrs outside the house Hamid Karzai Global Airport and returned them to Kabul for evacuation processing.
At the Pentagon briefing Monday, spokesman John Kirby said there have been “additional cases” of ferrying Americans to the airport beyond an operation final Thursday involving some Chinook helicopters but he would not elaborate.
He also said, echoing Austin’s former statement, that originally the armed service didn’t have plenty of troops to safe the airport and “move massive quantities of persons,” but as the drive has grown in quantity, “if there is an incident exactly where somebody’s in extremis and we have to have to get them in little figures, we can do that and we have been carrying out that.”
“Over the training course of the ensuing times, extra functionality has flown in, much more troops have flown in, and so we do have the capacity to assistance when we can and where by we can, to enable Individuals shift toward the gates,” Kirby stated.
With Post wires