US President Joe Biden has refused to extend the deadline for evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan.
The US has given a deadline of August end for completely leaving Afghanistan along with their troops and equipments.
President Biden had announced that 2500 US troops will be brought back soon but had to send back more forces as Taliban quickly gained control of the country.
The President is facing criticism from his allies and opponents both at home and elsewhere for the hasty withdrawal without any concrete steps to maintain security.
The next step
The present troops present in US include Marines and Paratroopers. The withdrawal must complete by August 31st.
At present, more than 70,000 people comprising of US, NATO troops, US citizens and Afghans at risk have been evacuated from the country.
The Afghans soldiers protecting the Kabul airport will also be evacuated. US has committed to evacuate any Afghan facing risk from Taliban.
Many transport aircrafts, civilian and military aircrafts have been engaged for evacuation. But it looks highly unlikely that all at-risk Afghans will be able to leave the country.
The US has refused to recognize Taliban as a legitimate ruler. However, there are signs that US is ready to hold talks.
Extension of US aid to Taliban government looks difficult but can happen if US uses it to leverage Taliban against hosting terror groups.
More than half of Afghanistan’s population is staring at a humanitarian disaster. There are incidents of chaos as people try to flee the country.
Deliveries of essential aid have been blocked by the Taliban. There are only enough supplies to last a week.
Taliban has allowed UN to pursue humanitarian work but it has refused to accept its stance on human rights and women rights.