Taliban Takeover: Biden Defends His Decision, India Evacuates Staff

BP World Bureau | Aug 17 2021 09:13:46 AM
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: US President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw the country's troops from Afghanistan. 

US's departure from Afghanistan led to the Taliban claiming the nation and government control. 

He also criticised the country's former Western-backed leadership for failing to resist the Taliban.

"We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them the will to fight for that future," he said.

He said that the US entered Afghanistan 20 years ago to capture those involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack. They were not involved in the building of Afghanistan as a nation. 

He also threatened a military response if the Taliban launched attacks in the meantime.

Read: Taliban Sweep Will End Women's Rights, Autonomy In Afghanistan 

Several cameras caught Afghan citizens desperately trying to get out of Taliban's control. Some people tried to board the plane that was leaving Kabul airport.

India has evacuated its embassy staff in Kabul in a special Air Force flight amidst the crisis.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conversed with Blinken for US aid to evacuate Indian staff.

India also offered to help Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan flee the Taliban-controlled country. 

"There are also a number of Afghans who have been our partners in the promotion of our mutual developmental, educational and people-to-people endeavours. We will stand by them," said Arindam Bagchi, foreign ministry spokesperson.

Afghanistan president Ghani fled the country, surrendering the government to the Taliban's control. 

Human rights activists expressed concerns about how this will end women's rights and autonomy in the country. 

The Taliban have been coercing women to stay indoors in several places. As reports, women have been beaten or executed for not covering their faces or due to the absence of a male guardian.