Lloyd Austin, the U.S. defense secretary, made the assertion that the U.S. lacks the capacity to help evacuate large numbers of people from Afghanistan during a Wednesday press conference.
“We don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people,” Austin told a reporter.
Austin earlier in the press conference stated that the United States was nowhere near where it wanted to be when it came to taking Afghanistan citizens out of the country.
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“As I stated earlier, we’re gonna push more military assistance down to the entry points to facilitate these efforts, but we’re really working hard to get as many people through as possible,” he said. “And, quite frankly, it’s obvious we’re not close to where we want to be in terms of getting the numbers through.”
He pledged that the US would work around the clock to "evacuate everyone possible."
“And I’ll do that as long as we possibly can until the clock runs out, or we run out of capability,” Austin said.
Soon after U.S. President Joe Biden announced that U.S. troops would begin to withdraw from Afghanistan, the Taliban took control of the country. Thousands of panicked individuals pursued planes as they landed at Kabul International Airport, some even attaching themselves to the American-made aircraft and falling to their deaths.