Live updates: Biden announcement in Afghanistan

Live updates: Biden announcement in Afghanistan


Andrew Harnik / Pool / AP
Andrew Harnik / Pool / AP

President Biden said the reasons why US troops remain in Afghanistan became “increasingly unclear” during his remarks on the withdrawal of troops from the country.

Biden said that since his visit to Afghanistan as vice president, he believed that only “Afghans have the right and the responsibility to run their country.”

“I thought our presence in Afghanistan should be focused on why we went there in the first place, to ensure that Afghanistan was not used as a base from which to attack or a new homeland. We did. We achieved that. I said, among other things, we would follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell if necessary. That’s exactly what we did, and we got it. Biden said.

Biden noted that Osama bin Laden was killed 10 years ago and yet troops remain in the region despite developments in the fight against terrorism.

“We brought justice to bin Laden ten years ago, and we have been in Afghanistan for ten years since. Since then, our reasons for staying in Afghanistan have become increasingly unclear, even as the terrorist threat against which we went to fight evolved, “Said the president.

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