Groups of special forces units hailing from the United Kingdoms and France are reportedly executing missions out into Kabul city in attempts to rescue the trapped citizens who are, as of yet, unable to get to the Kabul airport in order to take an evacuation flight, but Old Uncle Joe has stated in his release back on Friday that he is not planning, at all, to expand the American held perimeter around the airport and appears to have confirmed that the United States will not be taking part in any special evacuation missions for the Americans that are currently trapped outside.
In comments made Thursday, the Pentagon stated that the American mission is currently to “secure” the Kabul airport and allow the evacuation flights to take off.
“At this time, our main mission continues to be to secure HKIA, to allow those American citizens and other SIVs to come in and be processed at the airfield,” stated Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, who currently serves as deputy director of the Joint Staff Regional Operations, while being questioned by Fox News this past Thursday.
As reported by The Associated Press in the wake of Uncle Joe’s speech, “U.S. military helicopters flew beyond the Kabul airport to scoop up 169 Americans seeking to evacuate” at some point this past week.
During his speech on Friday, Uncle Joe stated that the U.S. is currently not able to expand its security perimeter around the airport, allowing for more Afghan allies and Americans to enter the secure area because of “an awful lot of unintended consequences,” though he did not put forth any other details and refused to elaborate.
“The answer is yes, we’re considering every opportunity or means by which we could get folks to the airport,” Uncle Joe did note, however, about the United States possibly planning rescue missions. “The reason why we have not gone out and set up a perimeter way outside the airport in Kabul is that it’s likely to draw a lot of unintended consequences. We’ve been in constant contact with the Taliban leadership… and we’ve been coordinating what we’re doing.”
During his speech, Uncle Joe was quite adamant about the fact that peace talks with the Taliban are being maintained and then claimed, in contrast to the currently reported stories, that Americans are being allowed to get the airport and through the gates of the airport without being accosted, which is a claim that an ABC News reported refuted almost instantly after the conclusion of Uncle Joe’s press conference.
.@DavidMuir: "The president said he has no intelligence that the Americans have not been able to get [to the Kabul airport]. The question, obviously—does that square with reporting on ground?"@IanPannell: "I mean—just totally not."
— ABC News (@ABC) August 20, 2021