May 14, 2022

Final evacuation flight leaves Kabul – as it happened

I need to thank our administrators and the people serving under them for their execution of the perilous retrograde from Afghanistan as booked – in the early morning long stretches of August 31, Kabul time – with no further loss of American lives. The beyond 17 days have seen our soldiers execute the biggest carrier in US history, clearing more than 120,000 US residents, residents of our partners, and Afghan partners of the United States. They have done it with unrivaled boldness, polished skill, and resolve. Presently, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has finished.

Tomorrow around lunchtime, I will address the American individuals on my choice not to broaden our essence in Afghanistan past August 31. Until further notice, I will report that it was the consistent proposal of the Joint Chiefs and of the entirety of our authorities on the ground to end our airdrop mission as arranged. Their view was that finishing our tactical mission was the most ideal approach to ensure the existences of our soldiers, and secure the possibilities of non military personnel flights for the individuals who need to leave Afghanistan in the many months ahead.

I have requested the Secretary from State to lead the proceeded with coordination with our global accomplices to guarantee safe entry for any Americans, Afghan accomplices, and unfamiliar nationals who need to leave Afghanistan. This will remember work to work for the UN Security Council Resolution spent this evening that sent the reasonable message of what the global local area anticipates that the Taliban should follow through on pushing ahead, outstandingly opportunity of movement. The Taliban has made responsibilities on safe section and the world will hold them to their responsibilities. It will remember progressing discretion for Afghanistan and coordination with accomplices in the area to resume the air terminal considering proceeded with takeoff for the individuals who need to leave and conveyance of compassionate help to individuals of Afghanistan.

For the present, I ask all Americans to go along with me in appreciative petition this evening for three things. In the first place, for our soldiers and ambassadors who completed this mission of benevolence in Kabul and at enormous danger with such unmatched outcomes: a carrier that emptied many thousands a larger number of individuals than any envisioned conceivable. Second, to the organization of volunteers and veterans who distinguished those requiring clearing, guide them to the air terminal, and offer help en route. Furthermore, third, to every individual who is presently – and who will – welcome our Afghan partners to their new homes all throughout the planet, and in the United States.

At long last, I need to end with a snapshot of appreciation for the penance of the 13 help individuals in Afghanistan who gave their lives last week to save many thousands: Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Hmm, Marine Corps Cpl. Tracker Lopez, Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss.