According to a representative of the U.S. military department, Austin did not submit a corresponding request and did not plan to do so. The current U.S. administration has been severely criticized because the militants of the radical Taliban movement managed to take control of Afghanistan easily.
On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul without a fight and established full control over the city within a few hours. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he resigned his powers to prevent bloodshed and left the country. Western countries are evacuating their citizens and embassy staff.