Afghanistan marks one year since Taliban takeover amid US withdrawal
Karah Rucker: TODAY MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE THE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN.
THE TALIBAN GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE CONTROL AND A CHAOTIC SCENE WOULD FOLLOW UNTIL THE LAST OF OUR TROOPS CAME HOME 15 DAYS LATER.
HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS WERE INITIALLY LEFT BEHIND.
AFGHANS WERE LEFT TO A GOVERNMENT BEATING AND MURDERING CIVILIANS.
PEOPLE CLUNG TO DEPARTING PLANES IN AN ACT OF DESPERATION.
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT WAS ABANDONED…
MUCH OF IT NOW IN POSSESSION OF THE TALIBAN.
JUST DAYS BEFORE THE WITHDRAWAL WAS COMPLETE — 13 U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS WERE KILLED IN AN ATTACK ON THE CAPITAL CITY OF KABUL.
Joe Biden: “13 heroes gave their lives. I was just at Dover Air Force Base for the dignified transfer. We owe them and their families a debt of gratitude we can never repay, but we should never, ever, ever forget.”
Karah Rucker: A VICTORY A YEAR LATER…THE UNITED STATES SUCCESSFULLY KILLED AL QAEDA’S LEADER RESIDING IN AFGHANISTAN.
BUT THE KILLING ALSO MEANS THERE IS GROWING PRESENCE OF THE TERROR GROUP SINCE OUR WITHDRAWAL THAT BEGAN ONE YEAR AGO TODAY.