US soldiers will be leaving Afghanistan at the end of the summer. US President Joe Biden said Thursday, July 8 that the withdrawal of US troops would be “completed August 31”, and assured that the takeover of the country by the Taliban was not “not inevitable”. The Democrat pointed out that Americans had “achieved their goals” in the country, namely to fight against the terrorist threat.
Joe Biden also assured that the Afghan authorities had “the capacity” to ensure the continuity of the government. To reporters who asked him if his own intelligence services had predicted the collapse of the Afghan government, Joe Biden replied categorically: “This is not true”. “The likelihood that there will only be a united government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely.”, he said, however.
Joe Biden promised that American support for the Afghan people would “continue” despite the withdrawal of troops, already 90% completed. The United States did not intervene in Afghanistan twenty years ago “to build a nation”, he clarified, claiming that this was “the responsibility” Afghans themselves. “I will not send another generation of Americans to fight in Afghanistan, he hammered. We are ending America’s longest war, but we will forever honor the courage of those who served there. “
The president also spoke directly to the interpreters of the US military, who risk reprisals for having helped foreign forces: “There is a place for you” in the United States, he promised them. Some 18,000 Afghans, interpreters, drivers or contractors, are waiting to see if they will be able to settle in the United States. Processing of these files can usually take years. Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan forces raged Thursday for the second day in a row in northwestern Afghanistan, where the Taliban are waging their first offensive against a provincial capital since the start of the latest phase of the US troop withdrawal.