During a press briefing Thursday, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, said they will continue the evacuation process with the help of the Taliban.
Gen. McKenzie explained the military has been sharing select information with the Taliban to thwart ISIS attacks. Thursday two suicide bombers carried out an attack in Kabul killing 12 marines and up to a hundred Afghans. The General expressed concerned that more ISIS-K attacks will follow. He says the US military is working on a plan,
“That includes reaching out to the Taliban, who are actually providing the outer security around the airfield to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us, and we will continue to coordinate with them going forward.”
In that moment General McKenzie confirmed that the Biden Administration relies on the Taliban to bring security to Americans. Tony Katz talks about how this should cause more concern for security.
“…the Taliban is responsible for bringing people onto the airfield. Which brings us to the realization that General McKenzie, Commander at US Central Command, he revealed that there is indeed intelligence-sharing between the United States and the Taliban. Meaning that yes indeed US Officials have provided the Taliban with the names of Americans, Afghan allies, and others to evacuate.”
The Department of State has ordered congressional staff to stop directing Americans to the airport.