"Certainly that was not a military recommendation" @SecDef tells @SenTomCotton of 9/11 date for US withdrawal from #Afghanistan
Citing @StateDept, @Secdef says there are fewer than 100 Americans in #Afghanistan "who want to depart & are ready to leave" Says 21, with family members, got out today
1 month ago
Meanwhile another local outlet reported blast + shooting in Jalalabad, Nangarhar
@jiminhofe: "is #alQaida gone from #Afghanistan" @SecDef: "There are remnants of #alQaida still in Afghanistan"
1 month ago
Shamshad reports one civilian wounded in IED blast in PD-1, Jalalabad, Nangarhar today. Another IED was reportedly defused by Taliban
"I think al-Qaeda is still at war with the United States," replies Gen. Milley to a question from @JimInhofe
#Afghanistan government - #Taliban #Doha negotiation - @POTUS "did not see progress being made.there was really not much of a bright future for that process" per @SecDef
1 month ago
Gen. Milley: "We must remember that the Taliban was and remains a terrorist organization and they still have not broken ties with Al-Qaeda.A reconstituted Al-Qaeda or ISIS with aspirations to attack the United States is a very real possibility
Questioning @SecDef on @POTUS interview in August with @GStephanopoulos Biden "said that no military leader advised him to leave a small troop presence in Afghanistan. Is that true"
"The intelligence was clear that if we did not leave in accordance with that [#Doha] agreement, the #Taliban would recommence attacks on out forces" per @SecDef #Afghanistan
Gen. McKenzie acknowledges reporting that he initially recommended to @POTUS that he maintain 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. His advise was that withdrawal would lead inevitably to collapse of Afghan forces and ultimately the Afghan government
#Afghanistan: "We helped build a state, Mr. Chairman, but we could not forge a nation" per @SecDef "The fact that the #Afghan army we & our partners trained simply melted away–in many cases without firing a shot–took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise"
"As for the mission's end: my judgment remains that extending beyond the end of August would have greatly imperiled our people & our mission" per @SecDef #Afghanistan
"Staying longer than we did would have made it even more dangerous for our people and would not have significantly changed the number of evacuees who we could get out." per @SecDef #Afghanistan
Counterterrorism in #Afghanistan: "Over-the-horizon operations are difficult but absolutely possible. And the intelligence that supports them comes from a variety of sources, not just U.S. boots on the ground" per @SecDef
"Staying at #Bagram – even for counter- terrorism purposes – meant staying at war in #Afghanistan, something that the President made clear he would not do" per @SecDef
#Afghanistan evacuation-"Nothing like this has ever been done before, and no other military in the world could have pulled it off. I think that is crucial" per @SecDef
"We didn't fully comprehend the depth of corruption" in the government of Afghanistan and in the senior military ranks there, says @SecDef. "In the end we couldn't provide them with the will to win
"It was the largest airlift conducted in US history & it was executed in just 17 days" per @SecDef "Was it perfect Of course not. We moved so many people so quickly out of #Kabul that we ran into capacity & screening problems at intermediate staging bases outside of Afghanistan"
US evacuation from #Afghanistan "exceeded all expectations" per @SecDef "We planned to evacuate between 70,000 & 80,000 people. They evacuated more than 124,000
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"We did not get out all our Afghan allies," acknowledges @SecDef during his opening statement on Capitol Hill about the Afghanistan withdrawal. "The Taliban made clear their cooperation would end on the first of September
US Secretary of Defense: We lost 2,461 American soldiers and wounded more than 20,000 others during the 20 years of war in Afghanistan
US troops "rightfully proud of what they accomplished, & the lives they saved in such a short span of time" per @SecDef on #Afghanistan evacuation
Defense Secretary Austin says keeping Bagram Air Base would mean "staying at war in Afghanistan"
U.S. defense secretary tells Senate panel when State Department finally asked to be evacuated from Afghanistan, U.S. Marines were already on the ground in Kabul
Taliban will temporarily enforce King Zahir Shah era constitution except those articles which are against Sharia law - acting minister of justice
Afghan sources: 3 Taliban militants were killed in an attack in the eastern province of Kunar
Afghanistan: ISKP claims blowing up two oil tankers working for Taliban, yesterday in Shakrdara area of Kabul city. (Amaq)
UN's Deborah Lyons met with Taliban government's FM Muttaqi today
2 month ago
Explosion heard in Behsud district of Nangarhar, a source who sent the video tells