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Joe Biden Defends Resolution to Finish Afghan Operation

US President Joe Biden has defended his decision to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, saying that US operations will endways 31 August.

The fourth US president to oversee the war also defended the speed of the US withdrawal, saying it saved lives.

Mr. Biden’s speech comes because the Taliban militant group continues to seize territory around the country.

US forces have fought in Afghanistan for nearly 20 years, following the fear attacks of 11 September 2001.

Earlier this year, Mr. Biden set an 11 September 2021 goal of withdrawing all US troops.

Donald Trump had agreed with the Taliban to tug out US troops by May 2021, but that deadline was pushed back by Mr. Biden after he took office in January.

“Just another year of fighting in Afghanistan isn’t an answer,” Mr. Biden said during a White House speech, “but a recipe for fighting there indefinitely.”

He also denied that a Taliban takeover is “inevitable,” saying that the Taliban force of roughly 75,000 fighters is not any match for the 300,000 Afghan security forces.

Even after the whole pull-out is complete, the US is predicted to remain 650 to 1,000 troops in Afghanistan to guard the US embassy, Kabul airport, and other key government installations.

Recent polls have shown broad US support for leaving Afghanistan, with Republican voters more skeptical of the selection to withdraw.

Mr. Biden also said that efforts are being made to urge translators, interpreters, and other Afghans that worked with the US government out of the country. He said 2,500 special immigrant visas are issued to allow them to return to the US, but only half have come so far

Last month, Mr. Biden assured Afghan leaders at a White House meeting that US aid will continue.

The overwhelming majority of remaining foreign forces in Afghanistan have left before the US 11 September deadline, leaving the Afghan military completely responsible for national security.

President Ashraf Ghani insists that Afghan security forces are fully capable of keeping insurgents cornered, but there are reports of thousands of Afghan troops seeking refuge in other countries to avoid the fighting.

Earlier within the week, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told that the group wasn’t responsible for the recent increase in violence. He insisted that tons of districts had fallen to the Taliban through mediation after Afghan soldiers refused to fight.

US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001. The group had been harboring Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures linked to the 9/11 attacks within the US that triggered the invasion. However, it’s gradually been regaining territory in recent years.

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