Sullivan: Biden administration working to ‘disrupt’ more ‘threat streams’ in Afghanistan
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said the Biden administration is actively working to “disrupt and prevent” more “threat streams” as the U.S. continues to evacuate personnel from Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover.
“There are more threat streams that we are working actively to try to disrupt and prevent and as the president has said, another attack could occur at any time,” Sullivan told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Sullivan’s comments come after Pentagon press secretary John Kirby announced on Saturday that the U.S. has begun its final withdrawal of military forces from the Kabul airport.
When asked about what the final hours of the evacuation process for American and Afghan allies will look like, Sullivan said the last of the mission is an “incredibly sensitive period of the operation,” adding that it is a “highly sophisticated, carefully calibrated exercise.”
Sullivan also discussed future evacuations of American citizens and Afghan allies from the country after the administration’s self-imposed Aug. 31 deadline, telling Wallace that the U.S. will have “mechanisms” in place to evacuate personnel after that date.
“There are some people who have chosen so far not to leave and that is their right. And after Aug. 31 they are not going to be stuck in Afghanistan. We are going to ensure that we have a mechanism to get them out of the country should they choose in the future to come home,” Sullivan said.
“The Taliban have made commitments to us in that regard, we intend to hold them to those commitments, and we have leverage to hold them to those commitments,” he added.
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