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This all occurred in a span of about 11 days. He told Raddatz that U. When pressed on whether the U. I mean, we came in. We were faced with a May 1 deadline to have all forces out of the country.
This deal had been struck with the Taliban. He listened to the input that was provided by all of the stakeholders in the interagency process.
And so, at the end of the day, the president made his decision. But again he was faced with a situation where there were no good options.
Austin's remarks come after a week of turmoil in Afghanistan, as the U. The Pentagon announced on Saturday that roughly 17, people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in the past week, and around 22, have been pulled from the region since the end of July.
Approximately 2, Americans have been evacuated from the country.
Reports, however, are now saying that Americans and Afghan citizens are facing instances of violence and harassment as they make their way toward the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. For this reason, the U. The Biden administration has been criticized for its handling of the situation in Afghanistan, with many questioning if the president should have proceeded with his decision to pull U. Several officials are now calling on the administration to do more to pull Americans and Afghan allies from the region.
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