The recent terrorist attacks in Kabul have opened a “Pandora’s box” that has cast a shadow over the Biden administration: on the one hand, an alliance with the Taliban was revealed and, on the other, the Democratic administration announced that it will leave the security of Americans in Afghanistan in the hands of the new Afghan regime.
This Thursday, August 26, dozens of people, among them American soldiers, women and children, were killed in a suicide attack with explosives outside the Kabul airport.
The Pentagon confirmed the facts and defined it as a “complex” operation and an “atrocious” attack, while the U.S. military high command attributed the attack to an ISIS terrorist group.
Pentagon on Americans in Afghanistan: “Taliban will have to protect us”
During a press briefing, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said he expects more ISIS attacks and that they will communicate with the Taliban to make sure they will protect Americans.
“We will communicate with the Taliban to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us,” McKenzie said in a statement in which he made it clear that he will leave the security of his countrymen in the hands of the Taliban.
The general also added that the United States believes it will not be necessary to send more troops: “We assess that we have the forces we need to protect ourselves there”.
U.S. allied with Taliban regime
A POLITICO report revealed that U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of green card holders and Afghan allies in order to allow them entry to the outer perimeter of the city’s airport.
Sources assured the news outlet that the decision to provide specific names angered lawmakers and military officials. “They basically put all those Afghans on a kill list,” one defense official said.
The issue came up during a classified briefing on Capitol Hill earlier this week when senior Biden officials defended their close coordination with the Taliban, arguing that it was the best way to keep Americans and Afghans safe, and thus avoid a shooting war.