U.S president Biden warns lives could be lost in Afghanistan evacuation

Written by on August 21, 2021

US President Joe Biden has acknowledged the mass evacuation from Afghanistan is “not without risk of loss”.

Speaking at the White House, Mr Biden said the US had rescued 13,000 people to date in “one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history”.

Taking questions from reporters, the president said the US military would make the “same commitment” to 50-65,000 Afghan allies hoping to leave, before adding the evacuation of American citizens was the “priority”.

He also said it would not be necessary to send US troops into Kabul to extract trapped Americans, claiming that the Taliban was permitting airport entry to anyone holding a US passport.

However, numerous reports from Kabul have suggested US citizens are having trouble reaching the airport.

Credit: BBC

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