The situation in Afghanistan seems to be evolving from bad to worse to horrific as each hour passes by, with Monday’s developments including residents of the country trying to cling to U.S. Air Force planes, with some reports including details of people falling to their death.
Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffn was a witness to the chaotic scene at the airport.
“There are reports of shots being fired at the Kabul International Airport – tear gas and warning shots to keep people off the runway,. It’s a real humanitarian crisis right now.”
The U.S. military is trying to evacuate up to 5,000 Americans and Afghani support staff but as of Monday morning, those rescue flights have been halted because of the chaos at the airport.
On Sunday, the Taliban marched into Kabul with little opposition, and took over the largest city in the country, and thereby wrestling complete control of the country away from the U.S. backed government that had been in charge for two decades.
The former president of Afghanistan fled the country as the heat was being turned on with the Taliban advancing.
As for Joe Biden and his administration’s response to the foreign crisis unfolding before their eyes, he sent hisnational security advisor Jake Sullivan to Good Morning America on ABC, and he spoke of the “unexpected speed” of the events that many people saw coming once Biden announced the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops.
“The president did not think it was inevitable that the Taliban were going to take control of Afghanistan. He thought the Afghan national security forces could step up and fight because we spent 20 years, tens of billions of dollars, training them, giving them the best equipment, giving them support of U.S. forces for 20 years.”
The White House announced the Biden will finally address the situation with a live announcement Monday afternoon.