Joe Biden warns of 'growing risk' of an attack from ISIS
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US President Mr Biden has received widespread criticism after his decision to withdraw armed forces from Afghanistan led to the Taliban reclaiming the country two weeks ago. It is likely that backlash against the president will heighten after he rejected the wishes of domestic and international allies to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond August 31 to help with the evacuation process. So far, at least 70,700 people have been airlifted from Afghanistan capital, Kabul, but Biden insisted “the sooner we finish the better” amid an increased terror threat from Islamic State.
He said the longer the US stayed in the country, there would be an “acute and growing risk of attack” by the group.
There have been scenes of chaos at Kabul airport as Afghan natives and foreign nationals desperately try to flee the country via private charter planes.
However, the US and UK have warned their citizens to avoid the airport because of security threats, while American secretary of state Antony Blinken urged the Taliban to ensure “safe passage” for people looking to escape the country.
Speaking on his GB News show, Mr Farage claimed that the Afghanistan crisis could be worse than Saigon, which is considered one of the most crushing defeats in US military history.
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As North Vietnamese troops marched into the capital in April 1975, helicopters were forced to desperately evacuate personnel from the US embassy, with the event marking the end of the Vietnam war.
Mr Farage said: “It’s a very difficult, dangerous and tense situation.
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said ‘this is not Saigon’.
“No Mr Blinkard, it’s not Saigon, this could be much worse than Saigon.
“Worse because if things do deteriorate we could be in real trouble.
“It seems to me that Biden had bungled.
“We’ve left thousands of people in a very precarious position.
“We’ve perhaps wasted 20 years of effort, and much treasure and much blood.
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“I think the political implications of it [for Joe Biden] are really quite significant.”
Mr Biden has faced criticism domestically while his job approval rating has also sunk to the lowest figure in his short presidency.
The president began the month with an approval rating of 51.5 percent, which was down from 54 percent at the start of May.
However this week his approval has plummeted to 47 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight, which takes an average of all major pollers.
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