Joe Biden Told military officials that he was unwilling to deploy US troops outside the Kabul Airport because of fear of a black hawk falling tragedy.
In a video conference last week, the president also made negative comments about the speed at which the Afghan government is falling apart and told the commanders that he wants them to focus on enhancing airport security.
During the call, the President mentioned the “Black Hawk Down” tragedy of the Somalia Civil War, which resulted in the death of 18 American personnel.
In 1993, the US military tried to capture the important allies of Somali General Mohamed Farah Aidid. Adid overthrew the socialist government of President Mohamed Siad Barre.
During the raid, two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by rockets, killing 18 Americans and two UN soldiers.
In a conference call with military officials last week, President Biden stated that he did not want the rescue mission to become a “Black Hawk Down” because a US helicopter was shot down in Somalia in 1993.
The bodies of some American soldiers were dragged across the streets of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. This incident later inspired the 2001 Ridley Scott movie, also called “Black Hawk Down.”
Biden has since changed his mind and is currently on a secret rescue mission in Kabul.
In Kabul, there are other “strike” flights-made by a military aircraft-taking place outside the airport, but officials will not disclose the location of the airlift for security reasons.
The Pentagon said: “Sometimes, as needed, our commanders have the right to use their assets and troops to help Americans who need to go to the airport and go to the airport.” On Monday, spokesperson John Kirby.
This was a clear turnaround on Sunday, when Biden refused to elaborate on the evacuation operations outside the airport because of the threat of attacks by the Taliban and the Central Asian branch of the Islamic State.
“We are working hard to get people away as quickly as possible. This is our mission. That is our goal.
He said: “I am not going to talk about the tactical changes we are making to ensure that we stay as safe as possible.”
“We continue to-how I say-to increase reasonable access to the airport, so that more people can get there more safely. This is still a dangerous operation, but I don’t want to go into the details while we do this.
Since August 14, the United States has evacuated 28,000 people from Kabul.Above, a family boarded a U.S. Air Force plane as they evacuated from Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul on Monday
In the early hours of Monday morning, U.S. special forces rescued 16 Americans from an unspecified location two hours outside the Kabul airport. Associated PressOn Monday, Pentagon Press Officer John Kirby revealed that there will be another helicopter rescue mission on Monday, but did not provide more details.
A source told the Associated Press that these tasks require the approval of a four-star official, and they will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
But it is said that Biden only approved such missions after increasing pressure from British and German allies.
They were taken to Kabul for evacuation. A few days later, Biden said that he was unwilling to send US troops to the outskirts of the airport because of fear of an Islamic State-style attack.
The latest rescue comes after the Ministry of Defense revealed that the Chinooks of the Army had rescued 169 Americans trapped in the Baron Hotel outside Kabul Airport last Wednesday.
On Sunday, Biden also talked about the dangers of moving operations outside the airport.
Biden said in a speech at the White House: “Although we are retreating to the surrounding area by a large margin, these troops and innocent civilians at the airport are at risk of ISIS-K attacks from a distance.”
At that time, the Anglo-French allies had crossed the border of Kabul Airport and sent troops into the city to help recover their citizens. It is believed that this put pressure on Biden and US officials to eventually do the same.
Hamid Karzai International Airport has become a safe haven for American evacuation work, but because the Taliban set up checkpoints on the road to the airport, it has become difficult to enter the country as the last way out.
Two American helicopters were shot down during the Somalia civil war in October 1993.Above, children playing in the wreckage of a helicopter in Somalia in December 1993
Eighteen U.S. soldiers and two United Nations soldiers died, and some Americans were dragged across the streets of Mogadishu
These events were immortalized in the book “Black Hawk Down” published in 1999, which was adapted into a movie of the same name by director Ridley Scott in 2001, by Josh Hartnett and Eric Barner Starring
The United States has negotiated with the Taliban to expand the border around the Kabul airport so that evacuees can pass safely.Pictured above, the U.S. Marine Corps provides assistance at the evacuation checkpoint on Saturday
National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan said that the US military “does not operate outside the airport” on Monday, but some evacuations occurred outside the airport.
Since August 14, the military has evacuated 48,000 people from Kabul, including 10,900 who were released on Monday.
On Monday, Biden’s national security adviser Jack Sullivan said that the Taliban had agreed to move their checkpoints further away from the airport to allow the United States to handle evacuees.
However, he added: “The U.S. military did not operate in the area surrounding the airport.”