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President Biden speaking from the White House on Aug. 12. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

President Biden will return to the White House from Camp David and deliver an address on the crisis in Afghanistan at 3:45pm ET on Monday, following the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban's declaration of victory.

Why it matters: Biden has faced intense criticism for his silence as the Taliban captured Kabul and chaos erupted at the city's international airport, where the U.S. is attempting to evacuate thousands of Afghans who assisted the military during the 20-year war.

  • Top officials in the administration, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, have appeared on television to defend the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • But Biden himself has been called upon to address the country and the world on the chaos in Afghanistan after promising a "safe and orderly" exit.

Biden had previously dismissed comparisons to the withdrawal from Vietnam and disputed warnings from the U.S. intelligence community regarding the Afghan government's vulnerabilities, calling them "wrong."

  • Sullivan said Monday that Biden did not believe it was "inevitable" that the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan, citing the 20 years and billions of dollars that the U.S. has spent training the Afghan security forces.
  • Sullivan blamed the security forces for deciding "not to step up and fight for their country," but said Biden stands by his decision to withdraw.

The big picture: The Taliban's seizure of Kabul forced President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country and prompted the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy.

  • It also ignited chaos at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where thousands of civilians stormed the runway on Monday in an attempt to flee Afghanistan.
  • Afghans who aided U.S. and coalition forces have yet to be evacuated from the country, and the Biden administration is still attempting to find countries to temporarily house those who risk retaliation from the Taliban if they stay in the country.

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U.S. presses Gulf countries to help resolve Sudan coup crisis

Jake Sullivan briefs the press. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. has limited influence over coup leader Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders, many of whom have close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Updated Oct 25, 2021 - World

U.S. threatens to cut aid to Sudan after military takeover

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

The latest: The head of the military faction of the Sudanese government, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, said in a statement that he is announcing a state of emergency, suspending several parts of the interim constitution and dissolving the civilian government and interim sovereignty council — the highest governing body in the country.

House approves medal for Kabul bombing victims

Dignified transfer for 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul bombing. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images.

The House on Monday unanimously approved a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal for the 13 U.S. service members killed in an August bombing at the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul.

Why it matters: The resolution, which passed by voice vote and was co-sponsored by more than 300 House members in both parties, is a rare show of bipartisanship in a Congress that has often been bitterly divided on a range of issues, including Afghanistan.