US reacts to Taliban advancing after NATO withdrawal

14:36, 08 July 2021
US reacts to Taliban advancing after NATO withdrawal Photo: Ronen Tivony/Keystone Press Agency

President of the US Joe Biden will comment on Afghanistan’s situation after the American troops have left the country almost entirely after 20 years of fighting.

Biden announced his speech after being asked by journalists whether he was worried about the situation in Afghanistan and the incapability of the Kabul government to hold back Taliban forces.

Jen Psaki, the spokesman of the White House said in a statement that in his speech on Thursday afternoon Biden will cover "our continued drawdown efforts and ongoing security and humanitarian assistance [to the Afghan military and people].".

As the Taliban advances American organizations that conduct research and advocacy on human rights urge the US government to provide visas for men and women who may become a target for the Taliban. The list includes politicians, journalists, activists as well as translators who cooperated with NATO forces.

In a report published in April, Human Rights Watch stated that women who have appeared on Afghan television are in particular danger as:

"Female reporters may be targeted not only for issues they cover but also for challenging perceived social norms prohibiting women from being in a public role and working outside the home." 

According to the documents of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Since 2008 the agency has spent nearly $7.8 billion dollars on modernizing Afghanistan by building hospitals, school roads, bridges and nuclear facilities. 

In a recent report published by SIGAR itself, it was stated:

“About $2.4 billion in assets were unused or abandoned, had not been used for their intended purposes, had deteriorated, or were destroyed.”

As the report found out only $1.2 billion were used as initially intended and the number drops down to $345.2 million when speaking about assets that were contained in good condition.

“The fact that so many capital assets wound up not used, deteriorated, or abandoned should have been a major cause of concern for the agencies financing these projects,” said Special Inspector General John Sopko.