The visit is likely to further strengthen the Taliban on an international stage during a time when violence is reportedly increasing in Afghanistan.
The continued presence of Turkish troops in Afghanistan may ameliorate some of the risks in Kabul, but realistically it cannot offer a lasting remedy for Afghanistan's impending problems.
Although the Taliban said they would not monopolize power in the region, they insist that a peace deal will not be reached until a new government is negotiated.
"Please do not abandon friends of America again," said Florida Representative and Vietnam war veteran Neal Dunn.
Our Afghan allies still have a war to fight against the dysfunctional immigration apparatus they've been dealt. Marooning them with no escape route and at the mercy of the Taliban will be a death sentence for many.
After being rescued, Ahmad Shah said: "I did not surrender, I did not lay down my arms and I fought back."
Although it is impossible right now to reliably estimate the possible number of refugees, the U.S. has to be ready to meet a potential moral commitment on a scale similar to the 125,000 Vietnamese refugees granted asylum in the U.S. following that war.
"It doesn't have to be that way and it's not like the Afghans are going to be doing this without our help," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
In a speech today, Biden said, "We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build. Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future,"
"The airport must be open and operate. If the airport doesn't work, embassies will pull out, and in such a situation, Afghanistan would become an isolated state," said Turkey's defense minister.
"They were stopped and some have been arrested and the rest have been cleared from the base," Darwaish Raufi, district administrator of Bagram, said.
A Pentagon official said on Friday that American and NATO troops had departed the key military stronghold, 30 miles from Kabul.
Miller gave a sobering assessment of the country's deteriorating security situation as America winds down its so-called "forever war."
A global treaty to end violence against women and girls will remind the government of Afghanistan, as well as governments around the world, that certain behaviors are unacceptable, and that the world is watching.
As troops begin to fully pull away from Afghanistan, Congress believed there was a moral obligation to help Afghans who were allies to the U.S. but the Biden administration has yet to make a move.
Though politicians are quick to speak on behalf of members of the U.S. military to justify their warmaking, the evidence shows that support for withdrawal is actually higher among veterans than in the general public.
As John Quincy Adams noted, we should not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
We need to ensure elected and appointed officials remain in their constitutional lanes.
In preparation for U.S. military troops withdrawing from Afghanistan, five U.S. military facilities and other supplies were given to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.
It is important that President Joe Biden implement a refugee cap of 125,000 next year—double the current ceiling—to save lives and change even more futures for the better.
The withdrawal of the Americans and risk of a possible civil war in Afghanistan could negatively impact important projects like the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, threatening China's long-term interests in the region.
At least 2,500 U.S. troops are deployed as part of the 9,600-strong NATO Afghan mission. President Joe Biden wants to withdraw them all by September 11.
Two-thirds of the Afghan population is 25 or younger, and while the nation remains one of the worst for women's rights, it is a far cry from the brutal 1990s-era Sharia law enforced by the Taliban.
We need to be actively involved in contributing to a peaceful future and that means significantly increasing the refugee quota for Afghanistan, doubling down on diplomatic engagement and committing financial assistance to the Afghan people.
McKenzie's comments came after President Joe Biden ordered a full withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, ending 20 years of U.S. involvement in the country.