Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan refuses to call the Taliban the enemy and says 'it's hard to put a label on it'

 Jake Sullivan wouldn't classify the Taliban as an enemy of the U.S. – or really put them under any classification – during a Tuesday interview upon the president declaring an end to the 20-year war in Afghanistan.

'What is the Taliban? Are they now our frenemy, are they our adversary, are they our enemy? Are they our – what are they?' MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked Sullivan.

'Well, it's hard to put a label on it,' Biden's national security adviser responded.

He added: 'In part because we have yet to see what they are going to be now that they're in control – physical control of Afghanistan.'

Taliban chiefs reportedly ordered their fighters to hunt down pilots from the disbanded Afghan Air Force who received U.S. training to fly the high-tech warplanes and choppers left behind.

In celebration of victory over the U.S. and other western allies, jihadists took to the skies in their newly acquired aircraft. They also fought against the resistance in the Panjshir Valley in a $6 million Black Hawk helicopter.

Earlier this month, as U.S. forces began pulling out of Afghanistan, the Taliban was able to overrun the country in just over a week. And after 11 days, the Islamic militant group had control of the capital city of Kabul.

President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to say Tuesday if the Taliban are an 'enemy' of America

President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan refused to say Tuesday if the Taliban are an 'enemy' of America

The group also started making public statements, declaring they were now the ruling party after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and they saw little opposition in their takeover.

When President Joe Biden suggested he might extend the withdrawal deadline past August 31 to allow the military to get all Americans citizens out of Afghanistan, a spokesperson for the Taliban warned there would be 'consequences' if the 'red line' timeline wasn't met.

As the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan on Monday, the Taliban began declaring victory over the U.S. as it raided and seized U.S. and other foreign-run facilities in the country.

The air force capabilities left behind in the midst of the chaotic withdrawal gave the Taliban an air force worth tens of millions of dollars and more aerial firepower than a third of NATO members. 

It's estimated as many as 48 aircraft were seized by the Taliban, although it is unclear what the breakdown is in terms of planes and helicopters. 

The Taliban and their supporters took to the streets that day after the total U.S. withdrawal to celebrate, waving their flags and chanting victory over their western adversaries.

They also spit in the face of western forces by holding mock funerals for Western troops with coffins draped with the U.S., United Kingdom and French flags as well as NATO's insignia. They launched fireworks into the Kabul skyline and flaunted the American weapons and equipment they obtained when U.S. military personnel left it behind.

The Taliban spit in the face of western forces as they held mock funerals with coffins draped in NATO's, U.S. and a Union Jack flags on a street in Khost, Afghanistan on Tuesday

The Taliban spit in the face of western forces as they held mock funerals with coffins draped in NATO's, U.S. and a Union Jack flags on a street in Khost, Afghanistan on Tuesday

A US-made $6 million UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is seen flying over a convoy of Taliban fighters on its way to join the fight against the resistance in the Panjshir Valley on Wednesday
A Black Hawk being flown by the Taliban today

A US-made $6 million UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is seen flying over a convoy of Taliban fighters on its way to join the fight against the resistance in the Panjshir Valley on Wednesday

A Taliban fighter poses in the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules transport plane that was left behind during the evacuation

A Taliban fighter poses in the cockpit of a C-130 Hercules transport plane that was left behind during the evacuation

Taliban sends UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter towards Panjshir
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Taliban forces are also reportedly beating female cops.

During the withdrawal, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin admitted that Americans were being beaten by Taliban forces as they attempted to get through checkpoints to the Kabul airport for evacuation.

Originally, Biden aimed to have all U.S. military out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, which is the 20 year anniversary of the catalyst that led to the war in the first place – the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He then moved that date up to August 31 and by August 30 the final U.S. aircraft departed from Afghani soil with the last American service members on board.

On Tuesday, Biden delivered remarks declaring an end to the two-decades-long war in Afghanistan and deemed the withdrawal an 'extraordinary success' despite immense backlash for his handling of the pullout.

Biden's withdrawal led to the deaths of 13 U.S. service members when an ISIS-K suicide bomber deotnated his vest last Thursday outside the Kabul airport – killing 11 Marines, an Army special forces soldier and a Navy Corpsman along with dozens of Afghanis trying to flee in the Taliban takeover.

The bungled withdrawal also left hundreds of U.S citizens behind, who are now on their own to find their way out of the country without military presence in Afghanistan to assist.

A defiant Biden said the mission couldn't have been completed in a 'more orderly manner'.

He said he 'respectfully disagreed' with critics who claimed he should have started the evacuation sooner to avoid the chaos.

Taliban fighters and supporters waved flags and shouted slogans in Kandahar on Tuesday celebrating the withdrawal after the U.S. pulled all of its forces out of Afghanistan

Taliban fighters and supporters waved flags and shouted slogans in Kandahar on Tuesday celebrating the withdrawal after the U.S. pulled all of its forces out of Afghanistan


Biden even assured that while the State Department had reached out to stranded Americans 19 times since March asking if they wanted to leave, his administration would keep working to get Afghan allies and Americans out.

'Let me be clear. Leaving August 31 is not due to an arbitrary deadline. It was designed to save American lives,' Biden said in his first public remarks since the final U.S. soldier left Hamid Karzai International Airport Monday night.

The president lauded his administration's ability to get more than 120,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan in 'one of the biggest airlifts in history'.

The Taliban are believed to have got hold of as many as 48 aircraft which the US and its allies were either unable to disable or fly overseas. This means that the terrorists have an air force which is greater in number than that of 10 Nato countries

The Taliban are believed to have got hold of as many as 48 aircraft which the US and its allies were either unable to disable or fly overseas. This means that the terrorists have an air force which is greater in number than that of 10 Nato countries

Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan refuses to call the Taliban the enemy and says 'it's hard to put a label on it' Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan refuses to call the Taliban the enemy and says 'it's hard to put a label on it' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:32 Rating: 5

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