The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Staff of Centcom testified in the Senate that they believed it was best to keep at least 2,500 US troops in Afghanistan. Joe Biden said in August that no military official had told him that
"Although the evacuation of endangered Afghans and foreign nationals from Afghanistan was a 'logistical success,' the withdrawal from Afghanistan was a 'strategic failure' that brought the Taliban to power," the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate.
Mark Millie, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Frank Mackenzie, Chief of Staff at Centcom, told Senate officials that the Taliban's rapid takeover of Afghanistan and the sudden fall of the legitimate government had taken them by surprise.
White House spokesman Jen Saki said the United States would have fought the Taliban if it had kept 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told a Senate hearing that the sudden fall of the Afghan army took the Pentagon by surprise.
Fox News correspondent Terry Youngst wrote on Twitter that the US State Department had underestimated the number of US legal residents trapped in Afghanistan, adding that a senior official told him that about 100 US citizens and residents were still waiting to leave Afghanistan.
According to Reuters, no Afghan representative will address the UN General Assembly following the removal of Ghulam Ishaqozi, Afghanistan's special envoy to the United Nations. Earlier, the Taliban had asked Taliban official Sohail Shahin to address the UN General Assembly.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor said the prosecutor's office was seeking permission to resume an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan. The statement said that in view of the recent developments and the return of the Taliban to power, a request has been made to the judges of the court.
Italy's foreign minister says Taliban government in Afghanistan can not be recognized, but calls on foreign governments to prevent economic collapse to prevent Afghan refugees from growing
"The issue of recognizing the Taliban at this stage is not on the table," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.