Biden said that the US war in Afghanistan will end on August 31 to save “another generation of Americans.”
President Joe Biden said on Thursday that the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31, and said that “speed is security” because the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war.
“We are not going to Afghanistan for nation-building,” Biden said in a speech to update his government’s ongoing efforts to end the American war. “The Afghan leaders must unite and move towards the future.”
Biden also emphasized his reasons for deciding to end US military operations, even though the Taliban have made rapid progress in most parts of the country. In recent days, the government has repeatedly tried to treat the end of the conflict as a decision made by Biden after he concluded that it was an “unwinnable war” and “there is no military solution.”
“How many more, and how many thousands of American daughters and sons are you willing to risk?” Biden said to those who called for the United States to extend its military operations.
“I will not let another generation of Americans go to war in Afghanistan because they have no reasonable expectations for a different result.”
Biden said that he does not believe in the Taliban, but believes in the ability of the Afghan army to defend the government.
Prior to his speech, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden administration officials have always expected that violence and unrest will “rise” as the U.S. withdrawal progresses. She added that considering that former President Donald Trump has agreed to withdraw troops from Afghanistan before May 2021, prolonging US military intervention will lead to an escalation of attacks on US troops.
Psaki said: “The fundamental question he faces is whether he will send more U.S. troops to the civil war in Afghanistan in 20 years’ time.”
Biden stated that it is “extremely unlikely” for a government to control Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal, and urged the Afghan government to reach an agreement with the Taliban.
The President added that with the end of the American War, there is no moment for “mission completion”.
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“The mission has been completed because we have captured Osama bin Laden. Terrorism does not come from that part of the world,” he said.
Earlier this week, U.S. forces withdrew from Bagram Airport, the center of the U.S. conflict, to expel the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaeda perpetrators of the 2001 U.S. war.
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The remaining U.S. forces are now concentrated in the capital Kabul. The Pentagon said that General Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is expected to end his term later this month because of final arrangements for reducing U.S. military missions.
In recent days, when asked about the downsizing and security situation in Afghanistan, Biden was furious with reporters. When asked at an event highlighting the strong employment report last week if he was worried that the Afghan government might collapse in a few months, he did not hide his worries.
In answering reporters’ questions after his speech on Thursday, Biden said that Kabul’s fall into the hands of the Taliban would be an unacceptable result. But the president also opposes the idea that this kind of situation will definitely happen.
“Do I believe in the Taliban? No,” Biden said. “But I believe in the capabilities of the Afghan army. They are well-trained, better equipped, and more capable of commanding war.”