US President Biden defends Afghanistan withdrawal
Written by crest887fm on August 11, 2021
U.S President Joe Biden has said he does not regret his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to make advances.
Mr Biden urged Afghanistan’s leaders to unite and “fight for their nation”.
Violence has escalated across the country now that U.S-led forces have all but withdrawn following 20 years of military operations.
The Taliban have taken at least eight of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, and are threatening more.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Biden said the U.S was keeping the commitments it had made to Afghanistan, such as providing close air support, paying military salaries and supplying Afghan forces with food and equipment.
But he said: “They’ve got to fight for themselves.”
In their latest major advances, Taliban militants seized two more provincial capitals – Farah city and Pul-e-Khumri – on Tuesday.
Officials said the insurgents had raised their flag in the main square and on the governor’s office in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, which is located about 200km (125 miles) from the capital Kabul.