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 reviews on the removing of American forces from the nation.

“President Biden’s selections for the best way to execute a withdrawal from Afghanistan have been severely constrained by situations created by his predecessor,” in accordance with the 12-page White Home account of categorized reviews shared with Congress on Thursday.

The Biden administration has been closely criticised for misreading the scenario 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 principal 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 remaining 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 constructing a rushed cope with the Taliban for the removing of American forces with out outlining a plan to fulfill that aim. 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 fast deterioration of the safety scenario and the Taliban’s skill to swiftly overtake the nation.

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

“When the capitals of each international locations have 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 selections 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 battle in Afghanistan was the correct one,” Kirby stated.

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

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

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