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‘No good options’ in Afghan withdrawal: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin


US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin reported Sunday there had been “no fantastic options” in the conclusion to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.

“At the stop of the day the president made his selection,” Austin explained in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” “But once more, he was faced with a problem in which there had been no great options, all have been very hard. And, you know, he reached his decision dependent on comprehensive examination.”

The defense secretary stated the administration planned for a number of contingencies but admitted it was blindsided when US-armed Afghan forces collapsed and retreated instead of combating back.

He reported armed forces assessments on how prolonged the Afghans would hold out “ranged initially from one to two many years, and extra that “nobody predicted that, you know, the govt would tumble in 11 times.

“I will notify you yet again, 20 decades of the best schooling, the world’s best devices, you know a ton of hard work — you have to be amazed by what you observed and when you can evaluate functionality you can measure ability,” he stated.

“But it’s complicated to evaluate the will to combat.”

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin admitted the US authorities expected the Afghan authorities to keep out for one to two many years devoid of help.
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Austin also vowed that the US will use “every usually means possible” to get American citizens out of the nation in the wake of a speedy Taliban takeover.

“I will not forecast any selection that we may possibly just take, but I will notify you that I’m going to do every thing inside of my electrical power to get persons into the airfield” in Kabul, Austin explained to co-anchor Martha Raddatz.

“If we’re offered a lot more time, then we will do almost everything that we can to make the best use of that time,” he reported. “It’s an interagency system that’s genuinely honchoed or led by the Condition Section. But it is all of our obligation.”

aliban members check vehicles at the entrance to the Green Zone where most of the embassies are situated in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Austin also stated that no one predicted that the Taliban would regain power inside 11 times.
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Thousands of Afghans and US citizens flooded the airport in Kabul past week in a desperate rush to flee the nation right after a swift takeover by the extremist Taliban.

US forces occupied the nation for two decades until former President Donald Trump signed a offer with the Taliban to withdraw past year — with President Joe Biden pulling the plug past week, sparking popular chaos.



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