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Biden says Afghans should ‘battle 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 mentioned Tuesday he doesn’t remorse his determination to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a transfer that successfully ends America’s longest warfare.

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

“Afghan leaders have to come back collectively,” Biden mentioned. “They have to battle for themselves, battle for his or her nation.”

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

The Pentagon’s large job of eradicating servicemembers and gear out of Afghanistan is sort of full, with the U.S. navy 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 navy. Over the weekend, the Taliban swiftly seized 5 provincial Afghan capitals, taking three in at some point alone.

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

Abdullah Sahil | AP

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

“We will definitely assist 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 mentioned.

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

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

Because the safety state of affairs in Afghanistan worsens, the State Division is methods during 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 comfy having a bigger staffing presence there we might,” State Division spokesman Ned Value instructed reporters Tuesday when requested in regards to the discount in employees in Kabul.

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

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