America’s army mission in Afghanistan will finish on August 31, US President Joe Biden stated on Thursday, saying an “end to America’s longest war” amid issues that the Taliban may retake management following a surge that’s already underway.
Stressing that “speed is safety”, the President stated the US army has “achieved” its objectives within the nation to degrade al Qaeda and forestall extra assaults on the US.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build,” he stated in a speech by which he additionally stated the American assist to Afghans will endure.
Biden referred to as on nations within the area to step up efforts to result in political answer in Afghanistan, and reiterated that the way forward for the nation should be within the palms of Afghans, at the same time as he acknowledged that the Islamist Taliban was at its strongest since 2001.
“Do I trust the Taliban? No,” he stated, earlier than including that it was not inevitable that the nation would fall to the hardline rulers who had been in energy earlier than the US launched an invasion in retaliation to the September 11 assaults.
The US final weekend deserted Bagram air base, the long-time staging floor for US army operations within the nation. Washington agreed to withdraw in a deal negotiated final 12 months underneath Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden has since overruled army leaders who wished to maintain a bigger presence to help Afghan safety forces and forestall Afghanistan from changing into a staging floor for extremist teams. On Thursday, Biden stated the nation will refocus its counterterrorism efforts in different areas corresponding to Syria and Yemen the place terror teams had gained power.
The Taliban on Thursday seized a 3rd Afghan border crossing, this time with Iran.
The Taliban now management roughly a 3rd of all 421 districts and district centres in Afghanistan. Their victories are additionally placing strain on provincial cities and taking away authorities management of key transportation routes.
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