TokyoImperialPa wrote:par13del wrote:So two basic questions, how much more folks will the Taliban allow to leave, after all, it is their country to run and for it to be a country it requires people, if so many people want to leave and the majority of them are / were foreigners, what exactly were they doing in country and is this where the billions were spent?
Second question, we all know that the USA basic military tactic once in country is overwhelming fire support, once they have drawn down the bulk of those supports, how are they going to extend the 31st deadline without bring back more of that combat firepower? Going out into Kabul or the country side to collect folks in an active combat zones requires a lot of co-ordination, little bird helicopters are one thing, they are vulnerable to Stingers, RPG's and heavy machine guns, those all have to be suppressed, which requires more combat power. B-52's are not much help in Kabul. So unless we see the USA flying in more combat troops, artillery pieces and other combat equipment, the 31st is not only a political but a military logistical hard line in the sand.
1) The Taliban have always said that those with documentation from foreign countries would be allowed to leave. The question has never referred to foreign citizens, it has been about foreign visa holders and those eligible for normal foreign visas. I doubt that the Taliban would allow asylum seekers and the like to leave Afghanistan through Kabul Airport.
2) The US will be leaving on the 31st August, with all resources being poured into those citizens who want to leave before the deadline. Anyone who wants to stay or people such as US visa holders would be left to deal with the Afghani emigration system without US embassy support as any normal US visa holder would need to.
The Kabul US embassy was starkly warning Americans in-country to leave at the end of April. There has been plenty of time to get out - one has to imagine most of those still behind have family or other obligations remaining in-country.