The Biden administration previously stated it would be wrapping up the US mission in Afghanistan by September 11, a date that would mark the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Biden White House’s revised timeline came after the US failed to fully withdraw from the war-torn nation by the previous administration’s May 1 pullout.
US President Joe Biden declared on Thursday that a complete US withdrawal of US service members from Afghanistan will conclude on August 31, less than two weeks before the 9/11 deadline that had been initially proposed by the administration.
Offering the nation an update on the US’ withdrawal procedures, Biden informed the public that the US military has “achieved” its goals in Afghanistan, underscoring that the continued US support for the people of the Middle Eastern country will “endure.”
“The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan: get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and get Osama bin Laden,” Biden remarked. “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build.”
Directly addressing officials who opposed troop withdrawal efforts, Biden acknowledged that prolonging the US’ stay in Afghanistan would more than likely lead to an increase in attacks against American troops. However, he also stated that no US forces have been lost during the ongoing withdrawal procedures.
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