US President Joe Biden has defended the decision to pull out of Afghanistan, saying he would not have passed the war on to a fifth president.
In a televised address from the White House on Monday., Biden said he stands squarely behind his decision as after 20 years he has learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces.
Biden’s address followed a dramatic day at Kabul’s international airport, where hundreds of civilians desperate to flee the country forced their way inside on Monday.
Many thronged the runway, running alongside a moving military transporter aircraft as it prepared for take-off.
Some clung to the side of plane, and at least two of them are reported to have perished when they fell from the aircraft after it had left the ground.
Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled the streets of Kabul on Monday as thousands of Afghans mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee.
Senior US military officials said that the chaos left seven dead, including several who fell from the flight.