On July 19, 2011, during a patrol to the Arghandab River in Afghanistan, US Army Lieutenant Benjamin Riley (right) and State Reconstruction Team Zabul Interpreter (center) met the villagers.
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The Washington-Baiden administration will launch an evacuation flight this month for the Afghan people and their families who supported the United States and NATO coalition forces during the longest war in the United States.
A senior White House official, who spoke anonymously to share details of the effort, said the State Department, Defense Department, and Homeland Security Department would oversee the mission of safely migrating Afghan people.
“For operational safety, we will not provide details on when the flight will depart, but we will fulfill the president’s promise to start the flight this month,” officials said.
An inter-ministerial effort called Operation Ally Refuge is about whether the Department of State can handle the unprocessed portion of more than 10,000 special immigrant visas for eligible Afghans before the rest of the U.S. military withdraws from the country. Following concerns raised at Capitol Hill and elsewhere.
As the Taliban advance rapidly on the battlefield, there are concerns that Afghans who have supported US and NATO forces will face retaliation.
In April, Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of about 3,000 people. US Army from Afghanistan By September 11, the longest war in the United States was virtually over. Last week, Biden released the latest timeline, stating that US military missions in Afghanistan would be completed by August 31st.
“We didn’t go to Afghanistan to build the country.” Biden said in a statement at the White House on Thursday.. “It is up to the Afghans to make decisions about the future of their country.”
As another symbolic end to America’s longest military conflict, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley were stationed at Andrews Air Force Base Wednesday morning, former US Commander-in-Chief of Afghanistan. I met the official, General Scott Miller.
Miller, the last four-star commander in the United States to serve on the ground in Afghanistan, resigned from his role on Monday, almost three years after taking over command of the war.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (left) and United States Chairman of the General Staff Mark Milley greet General Austin S. Miller, former U.S. Commander-in-Chief of Afghanistan, at Andrews Air Force Base in the United States on July 14, 2021. To do.
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On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it had completed more than 95% of the total withdrawal process.
According to the latest information from the U.S. Central Command, the U.S. military has removed the equivalent of about 984 materials spilled abroad by a large cargo plane.
Approximately 17,000 equipment left unattended by the Afghan army was also handed over to the Defense Logistics Agency for destruction. The United States officially handed over seven facilities, including Bagram Airfield, to Afghan troops.
Biden begins evacuation of Afghans in support of U.S. military