The United States officials are accelerating their efforts to relocate thousands of Afghan nationals who supported American forces during the approximately twenty-year war in Afghanistan. On Thursday, a senior administration official of the U.S. told reporters that in recent days, they accelerated the plans to move Afghan transcribers and other people who assisted American and NATO forces, and their families, as their applications organized.
On the condition of anonymity, the official discussed the unrevealed plans and said that the White House began briefing representatives Wednesday on the plans. Moreover, he said that they are planning for all possibilities to be ready for all scenarios. The administration will consider further relocation or withdrawal options.
The decision of the White House to accelerate plans to move Afghans to other nations or the United States territories comes as American President Joe Biden meets in Washington with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, Mr. Abdullah Abdullah.
11th September Deadline to Leave Afghanistan
Biden ordered the removal of the United States forces from Afghanistan in April by 11th September 2021, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaida attacks on the twin towers, despite the mounting threat by Taliban rebels to grab power. Since last month, Taliban rebels worsened attacks and apprehended several districts in the Afghan countryside. Their recent moves raised the concerns that the rebels may gain control of Kabul as they did in 1996.
Despite rare bilateral support in Congress, the government has not openly gone on record in support of a withdrawal as it unwinds a war that began after the September attacks in 2001. The U.S. military officials and the Biden government spoke sensibly about the relocation of Afghans who supported them – and mainly avoided talk of a mass evacuation – because of the rising concerns about the risky security situation for the Afghan government regardless of reduced U.S. military presence.