A new 98-page report reveals alarming information about the Biden administration and events leading up to the catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan.
The Biden administration’s failure to understand the movement of the Taliban and provide effective preparation with the Afghan government has had horrifying consequences.
U.S. troops have been under fire, at least twice, while at Kabul’s Karzai International Airport, the NY Post reports.
“Thousands of Afghans have been filmed desperately chasing after and clinging to a US Air Force plane as it taxied down the runway — with multiple people plunging to their deaths after the aircraft took off in the frantic attempt to flee the country after the Taliban takeover,” the report adds.
Trump has called on Biden to resign from office “in disgrace.”
“What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan is legendary,” Trump said. “It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history!”
Now the Inspector General has released the Department of Defense’s quarterly Sentinel report on Operation Freedom.
It reveals four facts about the Biden administration’s intel prior to withdrawing U.S. forces:
1. The Biden administration knew that the Afghan forces were unlikely to succeed in slowing or stopping the Taliban’s advance.
2. The report shows that the Biden administration also knew the Taliban had its sights set on Kabul.
3. The Biden administration knew the Taliban was only engaged in political negotiations to seek legitimacy, but planned to increase its military offensive to take the country by force.
4. The report also warned that plans for Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport were likely insufficient due to a complicated agreement with Turkish forces.
— DoD Inspector General (@DoD_IG) August 17, 2021
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What Biden and his administration apparently didn’t take seriously — as his public statements and those of his senior administration officials from the State Department to the Pentagon show — were reports from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) that said Afghan forces “very likely will struggle” to stop or reverse Taliban advances. Intelligence that the Taliban was preparing for “large-scale offensives against provincial centers and complex attacks” on Afghan installations was also reported, apparently to no avail.
In Pentagon press briefings, Americans were told that the Afghan military — and specifically its air force — had every advantage, a line of messaging repeated by President Biden. But the IG report shows that they knew the Afghan Air Force was “stretched thin” and aircraft were “not receiving required maintenance.”
The DIA reported that the Taliban has expanded its influence across Afghanistan after the withdrawal of coalition forces. Following the U.S. withdrawal, the Taliban will probably increase its use of large-scale military operations throughout the country as it grows more confident in its ability to defeat the Afghan government militarily. The DIA reported that the Taliban’s strategy will likely focus on overrunning key provincial capitals to set the stage for a military takeover of Kabul. A reduction in U.S. offensive operations, specifically airstrikes and raids, has likely provided the Taliban greater freedom of movement and enabled it to broaden the scope of its military operations and make widespread territorial gains, according to the DIA.
The scenes the world watched at the airport in Kabul were also somewhat predictable given the lack of certainty over security reported by the IG. “At the end of this quarter, the coalition [consisting of U.S. and Turkey’s military] had not determined whether keeping an enduring Turkish presence [at Hamid Karzai International Airport] would be possible or what that might entail,” the IG report says. Not exactly the “we planned for every contingency” posture the Pentagon and State Department told the American people they’d established.
— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) August 17, 2021