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Biden says Afghans should ‘combat for themselves’ as Taliban advances, doesn’t remorse U.S. withdrawal

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the financial system from the White Home in Washington, U.S. July 19, 2021.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden stated Tuesday he doesn’t remorse his choice to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a transfer that successfully ends America’s longest struggle.

“Look, we spent over a trillion {dollars} over twenty years, we skilled and geared up with trendy gear over 300,000 Afghan forces,” Biden advised reporters on the White Home.

“Afghan leaders have to return collectively,” Biden stated. “They have to combat for themselves, combat for his or her nation.”

In April, Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of roughly 3,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

The Pentagon’s large process of eradicating servicemembers and gear out of Afghanistan is sort of full, with the U.S. army mission slated to finish by Aug. 31.

Because the U.S. withdrawals from Afghanistan, the Taliban has made gorgeous battlefield advances regardless of being vastly outnumbered by the Afghan army. Over the weekend, the Taliban swiftly seized 5 provincial Afghan capitals, taking three in at some point alone.

Afghans examine broken retailers after combating between Taliban and Afghan safety forces in Kunduz metropolis, northern Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.

Abdullah Sahil | AP

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated Monday that whereas the Biden administration plans to proceed to supply air help, there was not a lot else the U.S. army might do.

“We will definitely help from the air, the place and when possible, however that is no substitute for management on the bottom, it is no substitute for political management in Kabul, it is no substitute for utilizing the capabilities and capability that we all know they’ve,” Kirby stated.

Kirby added that whereas the Pentagon is anxious to see such advances by the Taliban, the Afghan army should now leverage the years of coaching from U.S. and NATO coalition forces.

“They’ve an Air Power, the Taliban would not. They’ve trendy weaponry and organizational expertise, the Taliban would not. They’ve superior numbers to the Taliban,” Kirby stated. “They’ve the benefits, and it is actually now their time to make use of these benefits.”

Because the safety scenario in Afghanistan worsens, the State Division is methods through which to downsize the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

“Clearly it’s a difficult safety setting and had been we in a position, had been we assured and had been we snug having a bigger staffing presence there we’d,” State Division spokesman Ned Worth advised reporters Tuesday when requested concerning the discount in employees in Kabul.

“We’re evaluating the risk setting each day. The Embassy is in common contact with Washington with essentially the most senior folks on this constructing, who in flip are in common contact with our colleagues on the [National Security Council] within the White Home,” Worth added.


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