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Secretary of Defense pauses in silence when asked about his regrets over Afghanistan withdrawal

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin gave a noticeably awkward silence Saturday when asked about his regrets relating to the chaotic withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. 

Austin was taking part in a keynote discussion on the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, when he was asked the query by Fox’s Bret Baier. 

After an uncomfortable silence that lasted for almost 10 seconds, Austin lastly replied.

‘Bret, I remorse the truth that we misplaced 13 of our best at Abbey Gate. I remorse that we misplaced 10 civilians in an errant strike.’

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‘Having stated that, Bret, I wish to be sure that we do not lose sight of the truth that our American forces, in 17 days, evacuated 124,000 individuals from Afghanistan,’ Austin added. 

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, pictured, delivers the keynote address during the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, pictured, delivers the keynote tackle through the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday

Austin, left, answers questions from Fox News correspondent Bret Baier during a question and answer session at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California

Austin, left, solutions questions from Fox News correspondent Bret Baier throughout a query and reply session on the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California

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Pictured: US soldiers board a US Air Force aircraft at the airport in Kabul on August 30 - as troops were racing to complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuate allies

Pictured: US troopers board a US Air Force plane on the airport in Kabul on August 30 – as troops had been racing to finish their withdrawal from Afghanistan and evacuate allies

Eleven Marines, a Special Forces member and a Navy Corpsman had been all killed in the ISIS-Ok suicide assault on August 26 as US forces frantically tried to get individuals on evacuation flights earlier than the August 31 deadline. 

Three days later, a drone airstrike that the US authorities had stated took out an ISIS-Ok terrorist driving an explosives-packed automotive really worn out an harmless household.

Survivors and neighbors stated the strike had killed 10 individuals, together with seven youngsters, an support employee for an American charity group and a contractor with the US navy.

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The disastrous dealing with of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal has prompted concern amongst consultants and officers worldwide relating to the US’s reliability to take care of its place as world chief. 

The disastrous dealing with of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal has prompted concern amongst consultants and officers worldwide relating to the US’s reliability to take care of its place as world chief. 

This 12 months’s Reagan Forum comes amidst acts of aggression by each Russia and China which can be on a scale not seen since World War II, based on Fox News. 

On November 30, US and UK officers warned Russia towards any new Ukraine aggression because the nation elevated its troop build-up, based on CNBC.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the US troop withdrawal from Kabul was an 'extraordinary success' and blamed Donald Trump and local soldiers for the chaos in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden on Tuesday stated the US troop withdrawal from Kabul was an ‘extraordinary success’ and blamed Donald Trump and native troopers for the chaos in Afghanistan 

Afghanistan is now fully under the control of the Taliban - above Taliban soldiers in Kabul

Afghanistan is now absolutely underneath the management of the Taliban – above Taliban troopers in Kabul 

Biden will now have to rely on cooperation with the Taliban (pictured in Kabul on Tuesday) to try and get the remaining Afghan allies and American citizens out

Biden will now must depend on cooperation with the Taliban (pictured in Kabul on Tuesday) to try to get the remaining Afghan allies and American residents out  

Meanwhile, China has been utilizing financial coercion to bully its neighbors throughout the Indo-Pacific area, resulting in the formation of a brand new trilateral safety pact between the US, UK and Australia, a protection knowledgeable advised CNBC again in September.

Foreign coverage consultants and lawmakers from each side of the aisle took the chance on the Reagan Forum to supply their opinion on President Joe Biden’s departure from the Trump administration’s ‘America First’ technique. 

A handful of officers stated the president’s coverage break was damaging the nation’s standing on the world stage. 

Meanwhile, different consultants on the discussion board warned that the US’s standing because the ‘accomplice of alternative’ in regard to world allies has considerably dropped in response to Biden’s dealing with of the Afghanistan state of affairs.

The Biden administration was slammed each at house and overseas after the Taliban instantly occupied the capital of Kabul after the US withdrew its remaining troops following a two-decades lengthy presence in the nation.  

Families of the fallen U.S. service members were left disappointed by Joe Biden at the dignified transfer on Sunday. One sister of a fallen Marine yelled at the president: 'I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!'

Families of the fallen U.S. service members had been left disenchanted by Joe Biden on the dignified switch on Sunday. One sister of a fallen Marine yelled on the president: ‘I hope you burn in hell! That was my brother!’

Thirteen members of the US military were killed in an ISIS-K suicide attack last Thursday as US forces frantically tried to get people on evacuation flights

Afghans desperate to leave ran after US planes on the tarmac and two fell out of the skies to their deaths in a bid to escape the rule of the insurgents

Thirteen members of the US navy had been killed in an ISIS-Ok suicide assault final Thursday as US forces frantically tried to get individuals on evacuation flights. Afghans determined to depart ran after US planes on the tarmac and two fell out of the skies to their deaths in a bid to flee the rule of the insurgents

On the day of the deadline, Biden stated the troop withdrawal from Kabul was an ‘extraordinary success’ whereas blaming Donald Trump and native troopers for the mess in Afghanistan and the eventual Taliban takeover.

MailOnline.com reported that whilst of final month, dozens of Americans had been nonetheless stranded in Afghanistan. 

A defiant Biden stated the operation could not have been completed in a ‘extra orderly method’ and ‘respectfully disagreed’ with critics who stated he ought to have began the evacuation sooner to keep away from the chaos.

The president additionally hailed the 120,000 individuals that they had gotten to security in ‘one of the largest airlifts in historical past,’ and vowed to maintain working to get Afghan allies out and stated the State Department had reached out to stranded Americans 19 instances since March asking in the event that they wished to depart. 

The Taliban celebrated the American withdraw by internet hosting mock funerals with coffins draped with the US, UK and French flags in addition to NATO’s insignia. 

They launched fireworks into the Kabul skyline and flaunted the American weapons and gear they obtained that US navy personnel left behind.  

Biden assertion on withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan 

President Joe Biden won’t tackle the nation on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan till Tuesday however he did launch an announcement on Monday.

The Pentagon introduced Monday the final American troops had left Kabul airport virtually 24 hours forward of schedule, ending the U.S. struggle in Afghanistan after 20 years and the deaths of virtually 2,500 troops.

I wish to thank our commanders and the women and men serving underneath them for his or her execution of the harmful retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled – in the early morning hours of August thirty first, Kabul time – with no additional loss of American lives. The previous 17 days have seen our troops execute the most important airlift in US historical past, evacuating over 120,000 US residents, residents of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States. They have completed it with unmatched braveness, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year navy presence in Afghanistan has ended. 

Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll tackle the American individuals on my resolution to not lengthen our presence in Afghanistan past 8/31. For now, I’ll report that it was the unanimous advice of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the bottom to finish our airlift mission as deliberate. Their view was that ending our navy mission was the easiest way to guard the lives of our troops, and safe the prospects of civilian departures for individuals who wish to go away Afghanistan in the weeks and months forward. 

I’ve asked the Secretary of State to steer the continued coordination with our worldwide companions to make sure protected passage for any Americans, Afghan companions, and international nationals who wish to go away Afghanistan. This will embody work to construct on the UN Security Council Resolution handed this afternoon that despatched the clear message of what the worldwide neighborhood expects the Taliban to ship on transferring ahead, notably freedom of journey. The Taliban has made commitments on protected passage and the world will maintain them to their commitments. It will embody ongoing diplomacy in Afghanistan and coordination with companions in the area to reopen the airport permitting for continued departure for individuals who wish to go away and supply of humanitarian help to the individuals of Afghanistan. 

For now, I urge all Americans to hitch me in grateful prayer tonight for 3 issues. First, for our troops and diplomats who carried out this mission of mercy in Kabul and at large danger with such unparalleled outcomes: an airlift that evacuated tens of 1000’s extra individuals than any imagined attainable. Second, to the community of volunteers and veterans who helped establish these needing evacuation, information them to the airport, and supply help alongside the best way. And third, to everybody who’s now – and who will – welcome our Afghan allies to their new properties world wide, and in the United States. 

Finally, I wish to finish with a second of gratitude for the sacrifice of the 13 service members in Afghanistan who gave their lives final week to save lots of tens of 1000’s: Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter 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 

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