In Afghanistan, the country remains in total instability since the seizure of power by the Taliban. Shooting targeted Kabul airport, supposed to be protected to evacuate civilians wanting to leave the country. The United States, criticized, is trying to stay the course in the face of the looming humanitarian catastrophe.
“This evacuation mission is dangerous. It involves risks for our armed forces and is carried out under difficult conditions ”, declared the American president during a speech at the White House on Friday, affirming that this mission is“ the most difficult in history ”.
“I can not promise what the final outcome will be”, also recognized the head of the White House during his speech surrounded by his vice president, the head of the Pentagon and the head of American diplomacy.
Monday, as the United States and NATO negotiated security assurances around Kabul airport to allow evacuations by the end of August, and managed to take control of the level safe through thousands of deployed soldiers, the airport was still targeted by gunfire.
American and German soldiers exchanged fire with unknown persons on Monday at Kabul airport, leaving three wounded and one dead, an Afghan guard. The shooters could not be identified at this time.
The German army, which announced the information on Twitter, indicated that German soldiers took part in subsequent exchanges of fire “without further details.
Since the Taliban took over power in Afghanistan, the country has experienced genuine national mourning, and millions of Afghans fear for their future.
These shots come as President Joe Biden may agree to maintain troops beyond the scheduled date of August 31, and despite promises from the Taliban, security around the airport is not guaranteed.
Several civilians, provided with all the documents to allow their evacuation, still cannot reach the airport of the capital, while other Afghans have been killed around the airport, and their murder is still not elucidated.
“There are discussions going on between us and the military about the extension. We hope not to have to extend, but there will be discussions, I suppose, on the state of play of the evacuation process, ”the US president said on Sunday evening, leaving the door open for an extension of the date. final evacuation in the face of chaos
In an attempt to reassure the partners of the United States in Asia, the American vice-president Kamala Harris, started an Asian tour and on Monday promised a “lasting commitment” of the United States in Asia.
“Our administration has promised a lasting commitment to Singapore, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific,” she said from Singapore before going to Vietnam. “The reason I’m here is because the United States is a world leader, and we take this role seriously,” she said.