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Biden Forecefully Defends U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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John F. Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, mentioned the army was relocating Afghan interpreters and their households to U.S. territories, American army installations exterior the USA, and in different international locations exterior of Afghanistan.

The conflict started 20 years in the past, the president argued, to not rebuild a distant nation however to forestall terror assaults just like the one on Sept. 11, 2001 and to convey Osama bin Laden to justice. In essence, Mr. Biden mentioned the longest conflict in United States historical past ought to have ended a decade in the past, when Bin Laden was killed.

“We didn’t go to Afghanistan to nation-build,” he mentioned. “And it’s the best and the accountability of Afghan individuals alone to resolve their future and the way they need to run their nation.”

Mr. Biden delivered his remarks even because the democratic authorities in Kabul teeters beneath a Taliban siege that has displaced tens of 1000’s of Afghan civilians and allowed the rebel group to seize a lot of the nation.

The fast American withdrawal, he mentioned, was a matter of security.

“Our army commanders suggested me that after I made the choice to finish the conflict, we would have liked to maneuver swiftly to conduct the principle components of the drawdown,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “And on this context, velocity is security.”

In an effort to offer restricted reassurance to the Afghan authorities, he mentioned the American mission to assist defend the nation would proceed by Aug. 31, although most fight troops have already left, leaving a drive of beneath 1,000 to defend the American embassy and the nation’s airport.

At one other time within the nation’s historical past, Mr. Biden’s speech, and the ultimate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, may need roiled politics in the USA.

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