(Washington) Staff at the U.S. embassy in Kabul have rushed to an airport in the Afghan capital, where thousands of U.S. troops have been sent, Foreign Secretary Anthony Blinken said Sunday.
“We are transferring men and women from our embassy to the airport. This is why the president sent so many armed forces,” he told the ABC channel when the Taliban were at the gates of Kabul.
The radical Islamist movement returned to power 20 years after being ousted by a US-led coalition for refusing to extradite al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The US Secretary of State rejected any comparison between the situation in Kabul in 1975 and the fall of Saigon in Vietnam. Ten years ago we did justice to bin Laden.
“This is not Saigon,” the US Secretary of State told CNN. We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with a mission, the purpose of which was to settle the number of people who attacked us on September 11th. We have accomplished this task. ”
But he added that an indefinite stay in Afghanistan was “not in our national interest” and that the United States now wanted to provide a means of confronting China’s policy of aggression in the Pacific.
“There is nothing our strategic rivals want more than we are stuck in Afghanistan for another 5, 10 or 20 years,” he said.
But when you think of the women and girls whose lives have improved when Americans have been in Afghanistan for 20 years, it is painful, he admitted. “It’s hard.”
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