“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,” Biden said.
Afghans faced scenes of chaos and an uncertain future Monday as their nation grappled with the stunning collapse of its Western-backed government and Taliban fighters again swept to power over the weekend.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin authorized the deployment of a third Army infantry battalion to Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghans have flocked in hope of fleeing the Taliban. The White House said late Monday that Biden had authorized up to $500 million in aid to support the needs of refugees and others “at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan.”
Military flights have been resumed at the airport, which U.S. forces have secured, after a pause Monday.