Biden stated in July Taliban ‘overrunning the whole lot’ was ‘extremely unlikely’
President Biden final month dismissed the likelihood that the Taliban would swarm via Afghanistan, which simply weeks later they’re within the means of doing.
“So the query now could be, the place do they go from right here?” Biden stated throughout a July eight press convention. “The jury continues to be out. However the probability there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning the whole lot and proudly owning the entire nation is extremely unlikely.
Thursday, Afghanistan’s third-largest metropolis, Herat, situated on the border with Iran, fell to the Taliban. The Taliban additionally claimed to have seized Kandahar Metropolis, the nation’s second-largest and the Taliban’s religious residence.
With no U.S. army forces on the bottom and only a few property within the skies, the Pentagon can not verify Kandahar has fallen, however officers acknowledge, “It doesn’t look good.”
The Washington Submit’s resident fact-checker dinged Biden on Thursday for claiming the Taliban takeover was “extremely unlikely.”
“This did not age nicely,” Glenn Kessler tweeted Thursday together with a quote from Biden in July downplaying the concept that the Taliban would regain management of the war-torn nation.
U.S officers Thursday confirmed the army is within the means of evacuating personnel from the U.S. embassy in Kabul as reviews flow into that the Taliban is quickly increasing its management of the nation and probably coming into Kabul.
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U.S. army officers on the Pentagon inform Fox Information the pictures of the Taliban taking on Afghanistan are “demoralizing.”
“That is all melting down in a brief time period,” one U.S. army officer stated.
Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report