US Secretary of Defence Holds Briefing on Situation in Afghanistan
© AP Photo / Alex BrandonIn this Aug. 18, 2021, photo, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington.
© AP Photo / Alex Brandon
The development comes a day after Washington and its NATO allies announced the withdrawal of their forces from the war-torn nation, effectively ending the US’ longest war. However, a top general admitted on Tuesday that the US was unable to evacuate all Americans from the Central Asian nation.
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin is holding a press briefing on the situation in Afghanistan. According to a statement posted on the website of the Pentagon, the official will "deliver remarks about the end of [US] military mission".
The Biden administration has come under intense criticism for what critics described as a "disastrous" exit from Afghanistan. Almost 100 retired generals and admirals wrote a letter to Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley urging the officials to resign, while a group of Republicans has called for impeaching President Joe Biden.
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