GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell called on President Biden to launch 11th hour airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan, as the group comes perilously close to seizing the nation’s capital of Kabul.
“It is not too late to prevent the Taliban from overrunning Kabul,” The Kentucky senator said in a statement Friday, Fox News reported. “The Administration should move quickly to hammer Taliban advances with airstrikes, provide critical support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) defending the capital, and prevent the seemingly imminent fall of the city.”
The message came after McConnell had what he described as an “urgent conversation” with Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States.
In recent days McConnell has become a harsh critic of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, likening it to the fall of Saigon in 1975 and warning that the Taliban was storming back to power, just as America remembers the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
American forces have spent 20 years in Afghanistan, ever since a 2001 invasion which initially knocked out the Taliban and the Al Qaeda terrorist network of Osama Bin Laden.
President Biden has vowed to complete a final pullout of U.S. troops from the country by the end of August. As the US has withdrawn, Taliban fighters have recaptured large swaths of the country with lightening speed.
On Friday President Biden announced a last minute surge of 3,000 troops to help evacuate the U.S. embassy in Kabul.