Harris Faulkner grills Pentagon spokesman: 'Are we still relying on the Taliban?'

STATE DEPT’S NED PRICE: ‘I HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING’ WHAT AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL HAS TO DO WITH RUSSIA

Are we still relying on the Taliban?” 她问.

This isn’t about relying on the Taliban,” Admiral Kirby told Faulkner when asked about whether American officials are still relying on the group to facilitate the departures.

This is about working with these aid groups and helping identify people that need to get out of Afghanistan and getting them out,” 他继续.

Faulkner pressed the admiral again for clarification, but received no clear answer.

These people are still getting out,” Admiral Kirby stated. “看看, we know, we know we have work to do. And here is the Department of Defense, we know we have a moral obligation here… This isn’t about relying or working with the Taliban.

A Taliban fighter secures the area  as people queue to receive cash at a money distribution organized by the World Food Program (WFP) 在喀布尔, 阿富汗, 在星期三 , 十一月. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/ Petros Giannakouris)

A Taliban fighter secures the area as people queue to receive cash at a money distribution organized by the World Food Program (WFP) 在喀布尔, 阿富汗, 在星期三 , 十一月. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/ Petros Giannakouris) (AP Photo/ Petros Giannakouris)

TALIBAN HOLD FIRST TALKS IN EUROPE SINCE AFGHAN TAKEOVER

According to a December press release, the State Department claims it has helped 数百 of Americans and permanent residents leave Afghanistan since the bloody withdrawal back in August.

有, 然而, a handful of people still wanting to 逃逸 according to the same press release.

与此同时, the State Department has 下令 American citizens to leave 乌克兰, 发出一个 “do not travel warningearlier this week as a potential Russian-led invasion looms.

Eligible family members of those working in the American embassy have also been ordered depart the country.

Harris pressed Kirby on the matter, asking him about Americans in Ukraine ahead of a potential Russian invasion.

Could there be a measure of concern that once the Americans pull out, we’ll look like Afghanistan?” 她问.

We’ve been nothing but transparent about the hazards that we see two American citizens staying in Ukraine, and that’s been very, 非常清楚. This is not the same situation as Afghanistan. And again, I think the State Department has done a commendable job, making very clear and making transparent what our concerns are inside Ukraine,” 他说, 补充说 “no one is talking about pulling out of Ukrainebut it would be “不负责任的” not to warn Americans in the country.

有 8,500 American troops on high-alert over the heightening crisis ready to deploy if necessary.

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