US President Biden orders deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan as withdrawal continues

US President Joe Biden has ordered the deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan to ensure the orderly and safe return of American personnel from the war-torn country.

Biden said this as he and Vice President Kamala Harris held a secure video conference with the national security team on Saturday to reduce the US civilian footprint in Afghanistan, evacuate SIV applicants and monitor the evolving security situation. efforts were discussed.

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According to a defense official, while 1,000 US troops are already in Afghanistan, another 3,000 were ordered last week.

On Saturday, the president ordered another 1,000, bringing the total to 5,000.

The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Staff, the National Security Adviser and the Homeland Security Adviser participated in the video conference with Biden and Harris.

“Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 US troops to ensure that we can conduct an orderly and safe evacuation of US personnel and other allied personnel and to ensure that we have an orderly and Afghans who assisted our troops during our mission and those at particular risk from the Taliban moved forward,” Biden said in a statement.

“We reported three infantry battalions of approximately 3,000 soldiers heading to Kabul to assist with the safe shortage of US civilian personnel: two Marine Corps infantry battalions and one Army infantry battalion. They were already at the airport and embassy. 1,000 US troops will join. As you know, we did not complete our drawdown there,” the official said.

“The President approved Secretary Austin’s recommendation this morning that we also add to the Lead Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, approximately 1,000 soldiers, to assist with the State Department’s drawdown of that Brigade Combat Team. The remaining two battalions will stage in Kuwait as ready reserves,” said the official, requesting anonymity.

However, the president denied any change in his plans regarding the withdrawal of all his troops from Afghanistan before September 11.

“I was the fourth president to preside over a US military presence in Afghanistan – two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not, and will not, give this war a fifth,” he said.

Biden said he has ordered the armed forces and the intelligence community to ensure that the United States maintains its ability and alertness to respond to future terrorist threats from Afghanistan.

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He has also directed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to support Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders as they attempt to prevent further bloodshed and strike a political settlement.

Shortly thereafter, Blinken’s secretary spoke with Ghani about developments in Afghanistan today.

“They discussed the urgency of ongoing diplomatic and political efforts to reduce the violence,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Blinken also emphasized the United States’ commitment to a strong diplomatic and security relationship with the government of Afghanistan and our continued support for the people of Afghanistan, Price said.

Biden said in his statement that Blinken will also engage with key regional stakeholders.

“We have conveyed to the Taliban representatives in Doha through our combatant commander that any action on their part on the ground in Afghanistan that endangers US personnel or our mission will be met with a swift and strong US military response. be fulfilled. ,” the President said.

Biden said he has put Ambassador Tracy Jacobson in charge of the entire government effort to process, transport and transfer Afghan special immigrant visa applicants and other Afghan allies.

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