White House says Donald Trump ‘severely constrained’ options on Afghanistan pullout

The White Home sought responsible a scarcity of preparation by the Trump administration for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, in a abstract of experiences on the elimination of American forces from the nation.

“President Biden’s selections for the right way to execute a withdrawal from Afghanistan had been severely constrained by circumstances created by his predecessor,” based on the 12-page White Home account of categorized experiences shared with Congress on Thursday.

The Biden administration has been closely criticised for misreading the state of affairs on the bottom in Afghanistan earlier than it withdrew troops in August 2021, and for ploughing forward with the pullout even because the Taliban captured the nation’s important cities and took management of Kabul, the capital.

As hundreds of individuals making an attempt to flee the nation surrounded Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport within the last days of the US’s army presence, a terrorist assault on the gates of the airport killed a variety of folks, together with Afghan civilians and 13 members of the US army.

The abstract report accused Donald Trump of creating a rushed cope with the Taliban for the elimination of American forces with out outlining a plan to fulfill that purpose. A spokesperson for the previous president didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

The Biden administration additionally acknowledged intelligence errors that did not predict the speedy deterioration of the safety state of affairs and the Taliban’s means to swiftly overtake the nation.

In a tacit acknowledgment that the US ought to have begun the evacuation of People and allies from Afghanistan sooner, the Biden administration stated it had since altered its insurance policies, and consequently prioritised “earlier evacuations” when confronted with “degrading” safety conditions in Ukraine and Ethiopia.

“When the capitals of each nations had been threatened, the president directed changes within the posture of the embassies by drawing down or evacuating embassy personnel,” the report stated.

US Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby stated on Thursday that President Joe Biden stood by his choices and had not obtained any intelligence predicting the Taliban would take over Kabul so swiftly or that Afghanistan’s then-president Ashraf Ghani would flee the nation.

“First and most critically, the president’s choice to finish the conflict in Afghanistan was the proper one,” Kirby stated.

Within the lead-up to the evacuation of American troops, the Biden administration privately warned in regards to the potential threat of collapse however didn’t “broadcast loudly and publicly” a possible worst-case situation to keep away from signalling a insecurity in Afghanistan’s safety forces or authorities, the report stated.

The US stated it now eschews this method and “[errs] on the aspect of aggressive communication about dangers”, resembling when it launched intelligence within the lead-up to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

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