Pentagon spokesperson says Afghan forces have the navy benefit however notes ‘lack of resistance’ to Taliban advance.
The United States hopes to see extra resistance from the Afghan navy in opposition to the Taliban, the Pentagon says, stressing that authorities forces in Afghanistan have the higher hand on paper regardless of their current losses.
Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby advised reporters on Friday that Afghan forces have the instruments to push in opposition to the continued fierce Taliban offensive.
“We want to see the will and the political leadership, the military leadership that’s required in the field. We still want to see that, and we hope to see that,” Kirby advised reporters.
“But whether it happens or not, whether it pans out or not, that’s really for the Afghans to decide.”
Emboldened by the withdrawal of US troops, the Taliban has seized the capitals of 18 provinces in per week, together with Herat and Kandahar, Afghanistan’s third and second largest cities. The group additionally seems to be closing in on the capital Kabul.
But the US administration, which is planning to take away all of its fight troops from the nation by the top of the month, maintains that the Afghan authorities is well-equipped to combat off the Taliban onslaught with out American troopers on its facet.
“They have greater numbers. They have an air force, a capable air force … They have modern equipment. They have organisational structure. They have the benefit of the training that we have provided them over 20 years,” Kirby mentioned of Afghan forces.
“They have the material, the physical, the tangible advantages. It’s time now to use those advantages.”
Kirby famous what he known as “the lack of resistance” that the Taliban has confronted and the pace at which the group has been capturing cities, when requested if the US administration is stunned by the current developments.
He refused to touch upon the prospect of the Taliban seizing Kabul within the near future.
The Pentagon introduced on Thursday that it was sending 3,000 troopers to evacuate embassy workers and Afghan US particular immigrant visa (SIV) candidates in Kabul.
The State Department had mentioned it was drawing down its personnel in Afghanistan however harassed that the embassy in Kabul would stay open.
On Friday, Kirby mentioned the extra troops are already on their technique to Afghanistan, and the majority of the power must be there by the top of Sunday.
“What we want to be able to do is to get there fast and get there capable and be able to provide as much capacity to the State Department as we can,” he mentioned. “Our intention is to be able to move thousands per day.”
The navy shouldn’t be evacuating all Americans. Washington had urged the US residents who don’t work for the embassy to depart Afghanistan as quickly as potential by way of industrial flights.
Earlier on Friday, the White House mentioned President Joe Biden, who’s spending the weekend on the presidential retreat of Camp David, “was briefed by members of his national security team on the ongoing efforts to safely draw down the civilian footprint in Afghanistan”.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin held a cellphone name with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday.
“The United States remains invested in the security and stability of Afghanistan in the face of violence by the Taliban,” the State Department mentioned in a press release.