WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (local time) that he does not regret his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan amid attacks from the Taliban, which has so far occupied eight provinces.
Biden urged Afghanistan’s leaders to unite against Taliban militants and “fight for their nation” and said he has no regrets about deciding to withdraw US troops from the country, Anadolu news agency reports.
“Afghan leaders have to come together,” Biden told reporters. “They have to fight for themselves.”
Biden said he would keep his commitments to Afghanistan but insisted that leaders should unite to fight the Taliban.
“I would insist that we continue our commitments, providing close air support, ensuring that their Air Force functions and operates, re-supplying their Army with food and equipment , and pays all their salaries. But they’ve got the fight,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“I think they’re starting to realize that they have to come together at the top politically, and we’re going to keep our commitment. But I don’t regret my decision,” he told Anadolu news agency. gave information.
The full departure of US troops is expected to be complete by the end of the month, and the Pentagon continues to say the process is more than 95 percent complete.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Taliban entered Baghlan in northern Afghanistan and Farah in western Afghanistan. So far, the Taliban have captured eight provinces – Farah, Baglan, Kunduz, Talukan City, Sheberghan, Zaranj, Nimroj and Samangan.
Meanwhile, in a major push to push the Taliban out of urban centres, Afghan forces claimed they had killed 361 insurgents in air and ground attacks in the past 24 hours, Anadolu news agency reported.
The Afghan Defense Ministry said the operations were carried out in Nangarhar, Kunar, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Sar-e Pol, Helmand, Kunduz and Baglan provinces.
Afghanistan is seeing an escalation in violence as the Taliban intensify its offensive against Afghan forces and civilians, with a complete withdrawal of foreign forces in a matter of weeks.