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In a shocking move, the Taliban took over Afghanistan and this turned out to be a rude shock for USA. American President Joe Biden responded for the first time on the incident. He posted "We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals: get those who attacked us on September 11, 2001—and make sure al Qaeda could not use Afghanistan as a base from which to attack us again. We did that—a decade ago. Our mission was never supposed to be nation-building. The events we are seeing now are sadly the proof that no amount of American military force would ever deliver a stable, united, secure Afghanistan. What is happening now could just as easily have happened five years ago — or fifteen years in the future".
He also said "I know my decision on Afghanistan will be criticized. But I would rather take all that criticism than pass this responsibility on to yet another president. It’s the right one for our people, for the brave service members who risk their lives serving our nation, and for America. American troops cannot — and should not — be fighting and dying in a war that Afghan forces are by and large not willing to fight and die in themselves. Today the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan. We conduct effective counterterrorism missions against terrorist groups in multiple countries where we don’t have a permanent military presence. If necessary, we will do the same in Afghanistan".
"Our current military mission will be short in time and focused in its objectives: Get our people and our allies to safety as quickly as possible. And once we have completed this mission, we will conclude our military withdrawal. We will end America’s longest war. have authorized 6,000 U.S. troops to deploy to Afghanistan to assist in the departure of U.S. and Allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan — and to evacuate our Afghan allies and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside the country" told Biden through his social media page.
By Siva Kumar