Afghanistan has seen a rise in violence on the ground as fighting intensified between government forces and terror group Taliban. According to Afghan officials, the security situation has become critical across the country.
A United Nations compound in western Afghanistan was attacked by so-called anti-government extremists, leaving one person dead.
Afghan forces clashed with the Taliban as Islamist militants besieged three of the province’s key cities. Local Afghan government commanders said military reinforcements began arriving on Saturday as Taliban fighters entered parts of Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah.
The first group of evacuated Afghans who worked with U.S. forces in Afghanistan officially touched down in Virginia.
The U.S. has continued its talks with Kuwait to house Afghans who have been threatened by the Taliban.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the recent Taliban attacks on civilians in Afghanistan. During a press conference in India on Wednesday, he warned that if the Taliban continues to take power then the country will become isolated on the world stage
The Biden administration moved to further limit America’s military presence in the Middle East. On Monday, Joe Biden met with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and vowed to end America’s combat mission in the country.
The U.S. said it will continue to support Afghan forces by carrying out airstrikes as the Taliban continues its ongoing attacks. U.S. Central Command Chief General Mark McKenzie Jr. made the statement of support during a press conference Sunday.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Afghan leadership needed to somehow cut the Taliban’s momentum if they wanted to retake the country. Speaking from an Alaskan Air Force base on Saturday, Austin said Afghan leadership has been consolidating their forces around the country’s key population centers.