Joe Biden praises ‘success’ of Afghanistan evacuation
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At least 29 students stranded in Afghanistan are believed to be from the Sacramento area of California with three others from Cajon Valley in San Diego. The 29 Californian students come from 19 families and have not returned to school campuses for the 2021-2022 school year, according to the Sacramento-area school district.
A representative of the school district told Newsweek: “We stand ready to support these students and families in whatever way that we can, and are working closely with state elected officials to provide them information as we receive it from our families.
“San Juan Unified stands with our Afghan community and all those whose loved ones are currently in Afghanistan.
“We sincerely hope for their speedy and safe return back to the US and back to our school communities.”
The horrifying situation has been urgently flagged with both the Department of Defense and State Department.
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Taliban fighters have set up checkpoints across Afghanistan (Image: GETTY)
The report comes after US troops officially withdrew from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan on August 31 after 20 years in the war-torn region.
The US-led coalition successfully airlifted 123,000 American citizens, allies and vulnerable Afghans during an 18-day evacuation mission.
Despite the best efforts of the military, thousands of people eligible for Western help have been abandoned in Afghanistan now that the deadline has passed.
The airport is no longer operating evacuations in any capacity and stranded civilians have been advised to seek refuge by crossing the border into a neighbouring country.
The Taliban has set up checkpoints across the country and there are reports of them killing people with an association to the West.
There is currently no US facilitated safe passage for the American students and their families.
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McConnell says Biden impeachment will not happen
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has poured cold water over the Republican mission to impeach President Joe Biden over mishandling Afghanistan.
“Well, look the president is not going to be removed from office… I think the way these behaviours get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box.
”There is not going to be an impeachment,” Mr McConnell said.
The calls for impeachment are being led by US senator Lindsey Graham.
He is calling for the president to be removed over a “dereliction of duty” that he says left hundreds of Americans stranded behind enemy lines and 13 soldiers dead during evacuation.
In response to Mr Graham’s demand, President Biden told Stephen Colbert: “Lindsey’s been a personal disappointment, because I was a personal friend of his.”
Department of Defense thanks 13 fallen soldiers
The US Department of Defense has paid respect to the 13 US military personnel killed in the ISIS-K terrorist attack at Kabul airport August 26.
11 marines, one soldier and one navy personnel were killed in the suicide bomb outside the Baron Hotel and Abbey Gate on the south east perimeter of Kabul airport.
A total of 22 other US military personnel were wounded in action in the incident.
Afghanistan ‘might have no impact’ on Biden’s election chances
A political science professor has claimed the devastating situation in Afghanistan “may have no impact” on President Joe Biden’s election chances and legacy.
Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Rom said: “In general, elections will be decided on the economy and the pandemic, and Afghanistan will seem like a long time ago and place far, far away, so it may have no impact on him.
“But Republicans will try to make the impact as large as possible.”
The claim comes after a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after 20 years in the region.
The withdrawal, characterised by chaos, paved the way for the Taliban to make a series of blistering successes, capturing 20 provincial cities in less than two weeks.
After the Taliban declared victory in Kabul, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the airport in a bid to flee the feared regime.
A number of people were crushed in a stampede and two people fell to their deaths from a US military aircraft as it took off.
‘The safe return of the family is our focus now,’ says school district
More than 24 students ranging from preschoolers to high schoolers travelled from San Diego to Afghanistan with their families over the summer to visit relatives.
The school district said: “One family with three students was left behind in Afghanistan, and we are exploring strategies to rescue and bring them home.
“The safe return of our Cajon Valley family is our focus now.”
Psaki refuses to discuss Biden’s leaked call with ex-Afghanistan President
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has refused to discuss the leaked phone call between President Joe Biden and President Ashraf Ghani where he urged him to “change the perception” of the war with the Taliban “whether it [was] true or not”.
Mr Biden reportedly said: “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.
“And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.
“You clearly have the best military, you have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well, we will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is and what we are doing.”
Biden silent on stranded students issue
A spokesperson for the District of California representative Ami Bera said: “Our office has been in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District, and have urgently flagged this with the Department of Defense and State Department.
“We have not received an update from DOD or State.”