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has stood by his administration’s commitment to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan by August 31. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday he said: “We are currently on a pace to finish by August 31. The sooner we can finish, the better.
“Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops.”
However, writing in the Daily Telegraph, former Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali savaged Mr Biden’s move.
She said “the Taliban, and jihadis around the world, are celebrating that the American leadership has been rendered deaf, dumb, and blind”.
She added: “So dumb are they that the Biden administration allegedly provided the Taliban with names and biometric details of Afghans who have worked for the US over the past two decades, in a show of blind faith that they would allow these at-risk Afghans through checkpoints for evacuation.”
President Joe Biden has stood by his commitment to pull out US troops
The author then slammed national security advisor Jake Sullivan for his recent White House press conference where he intimated that the administration had been in close contact with the Taliban in the run-up to last Thursday’s brutal suicide bombing in Kabul.
Days before the suicide bombing, that was claimed by ISIS-K, Mr Sullivan said: “We are engaging with the Taliban, consulting with the Taliban on every aspect of what’s happening in Kabul right now, on what’s happening at the airport; on how we need to ensure that there is facilitated passage to the airport for American citizens, SIVs, third-country nationals, and so forth.”
Ms Hirsi Ali expressed her dismay that the identities of individuals on the Special Immigration Visa program (SIV) were “handed to the Taliban”.
Adding that the Afghans involved in the SIV program “took a huge risk but were reassured that America had their back”.
US planes are evacuating troops from Afghanistan
However, she added that although ISIS-K took responsibility for the suicide bombing in Kabul, the different militant groups in Afghanistan are “rivals as much as they are confederates”.
She added: “In the eyes of the Taliban, the Afghans who worked with the NATO-backed Afghan government and those who worked in any capacity with US armed forces are traitors.
“The Taliban have already begun the work of retribution.
“Other jihadi and tribal groups in Afghanistan will be glad to lend a hand.”
Taliban controlled areas of Afghanistan
This week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the Taliban “have made public and private commitments to provide and permit safe passage for Americans, for third-country nationals, and Afghans at risk going forward past August 31″.
However, Ms Hirsi Ali is not convinced that the Taliban will stand by their word.
Before it collapsed the Afghan government stated that the Taliban were “going door-to-door and screening names at Kabul checkpoints as they hunt for people who worked with US-led forces or the previous Afghan government”.
Ms Hirsi Ali stated that it is “recklessness of the Biden team continues to astound me”.
She concluded: “It really is as if they are deaf, dumb, and blind.
“Ignoring not only what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan but also what has happened in multiple similar situations throughout history.”