Biden defends US military withdrawal from Afghanistan

Biden defends US military withdrawal from Afghanistan
Biden defends US military withdrawal from Afghanistan

He is adamant about his decision, said Biden on Monday in the White House. It would have made no difference if the US troops had stayed in Afghanistan a little longer, he said, and made serious allegations against the disempowered political leadership and the armed forces of Afghanistan.

According to President Joe Biden, the US government underestimated the speed of the Taliban’s advance in Afghanistan. “This has developed faster than we expected,” said Biden on Monday in a speech in the White House. However, “Afghanistan’s political leaders have given up and fled the country.” The country’s military has collapsed, “in part without attempting to fight.” The US trained and equipped the Afghan security forces. The United States could not have given them the will to fight for their future: “American troops cannot and should not fight in a war and die in a war that the Afghan armed forces are unwilling to wage for themselves.”

He was against “endless military operations,” added Biden. It was his first public statement since the militant Islamist Taliban actually took power in Afghanistan and the capital Kabul. The goal of the United States in Afghanistan should never be the building of a state, but the fight against terrorism. The goal of destroying the terrorist group Al-Qaeda after the attacks of September 11, 2001 had long been achieved. That has been his position for years.

The USA could effectively fight Islamist terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda even without a permanent military presence in the target country. The US military shows that in other countries such as Somalia or Yemen. If necessary, this could also be done in Afghanistan in the future. He threatened the Taliban with “a swift and strong” military response in the event of an attack on US forces. This applies to any action by the Taliban in Afghanistan that would endanger US personnel or their mission.

In the spring, Biden announced that the 2,500 remaining soldiers would leave Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the attacks. Most recently, the withdrawal date was brought forward to the end of August. In view of the advance of the Taliban, however, the US military has been increasing its presence again since last week in order to secure the evacuation of embassy staff, American citizens and former Afghan employees of the US military. The US armed forces want to have up to 6,000 soldiers stationed at the airport in Kabul shortly.

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