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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 economic 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 conflict.

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

“Afghan leaders have to come back collectively,” Biden mentioned. “They have to combat for themselves, combat 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 activity 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 beautiful 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 in the future 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 mentioned Monday that whereas the Biden administration plans to proceed to offer air help, there was not a lot else the U.S. navy 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 mentioned.

Kirby added that whereas the Pentagon is worried 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 Power, the Taliban would not. They’ve trendy weaponry and organizational abilities, 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 scenario in Afghanistan worsens, the State Division is methods wherein to downsize the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

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

“We’re evaluating the risk atmosphere 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,” Worth added.


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