“We know that al Qaeda and Isis are still present in Afghanistan. The number is not exorbitantly high but we do not have an exact figure because our intelligence gathering capacity in Afghanistan is no longer what it used to be. “This was stated by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, answering a question from reporters during a Press conference.
A statement that comes a few minutes after the words of US President Joe Biden, according to which in Afghanistan there would be no more interests with Al Qaeda that no longer exists. “We went to Afghanistan with the goal of getting rid of Al Qaeda Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden, and we did. You have known my position for a long time. It was time to end this war,” Biden said.
Responding to the reporter who pointed out the inconsistency with Biden’s words, Kirby added: “What we think is that there is not a presence significant enough to become a threat to our homeland as happened on September 11, 20. Years ago”.
Almost 6 thousand people evacuated in the last 24 hours
In the past 24 hours, the United States has evacuated nearly 6,000 people, Americans and Afghans, from Kabul airport, aboard 17 aircraft, said General Hank Taylor, Deputy Director of Logistics for the United General States, quoted by CNN. . The general confirmed that the flights resumed after a pause, which was used “to adjust resources and personnel in order to resolve a temporary issue of capacity in one of the transit posts”.
Taylor’s words come after long hours of flight stoppages due to the saturation of an air base in Qatar where refugees have been brought. According to the Washington post, the United States intends to expand the number of bases for the passage of people rescued.