By Jenny Goldsberry
Nearly 90 retired generals and admirals called for the resignations of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. Flag Officers for America published the statement demanding the resignations Monday.
They wrote the statement “based on their key roles involving events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” it read. “The hasty retreat has left an unknown number of Americans stranded in dangerous areas
controlled by a brutal enemy along with Afghans who supported American forces.”
As generals themselves, they feel as though Austin and Milley could have done more to prevent the disaster. “As the principal military advisors to the Commander In Chief/President, the SECDEF and CJCS were the two top military officials in a position to recommend against the dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms,” the statement read.
Meanwhile General Austin tweeted Monday that he still held some pride. “We lost 2,461 troops in that war, and tens of thousands of others suffered wounds, seen and unseen,” Austin tweeted. “For my part, I am proud of the part that we played in this war. I am proud of the men and women who led me. I am proud of those with whom I served and led. And I am proud of the intrepid, resilient families who made what we did possible.”
As of Monday, our United States military had evacuated over 123,000 people from Afghanistan.
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The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
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