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Biden promises to evacuate ‘any American who wants to come home’ from Afghanistan

President Biden pledged on Friday to use “every resource necessary” to evacuate “any American who wants to come home” from Afghanistan. But, he warned, “I cannot promise what the final outcome will be, or whether it will be without risk of loss.” In a speech from the East Room of the White House, Biden defended his administration’s halting efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies following the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country in the past week. “We’ve made significant …

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Fleeing Afghanistan: Photos from a week of chaos and desperation at the Kabul airport

Scenes of chaos have emerged this week from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where thousands of people have been attempting to flee Afghanistan following the recent Taliban takeover and the collapse of the government. U.S. officials say they are racing to evacuate as many people from the country as possible before the end of the month, when American troops are scheduled to withdraw after two decades of occupation. A baby is handed over to the U.S. Army over the …

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Afghan woman scholar who came to U.S. days before Kabul fell mourns ‘generation of change’

A young Afghan woman was trying to settle into her new life at a Massachusetts university when she heard the news that her home city of Kabul had fallen to the Taliban. She attempted to book a flight back home but soon realized there were no flights. “It all happened so quickly,” she said. She arrived in the United States on Aug. 9, days before the militant group claimed major provinces and cities — including Helmand and Kandahar — and …

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European officials dismayed by Biden’s decision to follow Trump’s lead on Afghanistan

BARCELONA — Thanks to the chaotic, U.S.-led withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan that has ushered in the swift return of the Taliban to power, many Europeans are blasting President Biden as no less misguided and clueless than they believed his predecessor to be. “In the big picture, Europeans are as angry as Americans about the tremendous loss of money and lives spent on the NATO mission in Afghanistan over the past two decades that now seems very difficult to …

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