US President Biden rejects changes to troop withdrawal plans as Taliban gain ground in Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday ruled out any change in the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, despite the Taliban’s increasing control of large parts of the country.

President Biden has ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. The Pentagon says it has already withdrawn more than 90 percent of its troops from the war-torn country.

“No,” Biden told reporters at the White House when asked whether his current plan to withdraw troops could change at all.

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“Look, we’ve spent more than a trillion dollars in 20 years. We trained and equipped more than 300,000 Afghan forces. Afghan leaders have to come along. We’ve lost thousands – due to death and injury – to thousands of US personnel. Lost. They have to fight for themselves, fight for their country.”

“United States – I insist that we will continue our commitments that we have made to provide close air support, food to their forces while ensuring that their air force functions and operates.” And re-supply with equipment, and pay all their salaries. But they have to fight. They have outnumbered the Taliban,” Biden said.

Biden said Afghans are beginning to realize they have to come together at the top politically. “But we will continue our commitment. But I do not regret my decision,” he said.

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the US had gone to Afghanistan to bring justice to those who attacked them on September 11, to make Afghanistan a safe haven for attacking the United States. used as terrorists. “We achieved those objectives a few years ago,” she said.

“We assess the threat now against our homeland, which is his responsibility as commander-in-chief, to focus on which is a location where the threat comes from outside Afghanistan,” he said. Said.

The president asked for a clear assessment, for a review from his team on what the potential impacts might be. He told them not to put sugarcane on it. He asked them to state specifically and clearly what the consequences might be, she said.

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“I will also note that we have provided a great deal and support to the Afghan National Security Defense Forces as well as proposed a significant amount of $3.3 billion for the Afghan Security Forces in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget request, ” He said. Said.

“Therefore, he took the decision as Commander-in-Chief.

They are hard decisions to be made. He did it because after 20 years of war, it’s time to bring our soldiers – our men and women – home. And we will continue to be partners and supporters of their efforts on the ground,” said Saki.

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