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«This is not our war». Joe Biden — about the situation in Afghanistan

Biden: the U.S. left Afghanistan to prevent escalation of conflict

Afghanistan's leadership surrendered to fight militants despite strong U.S. support, and the Americans should not have continued this war instead of the Afghans themselves.

The continued presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan threatened an “escalation of the conflict” and losses for the U.S. military. US President Joe Biden said this on August 16 commenting on the recent events in Kabul, reports NYT.

The continued presence of the US forces in Afghanistan threatened the “escalation of the conflict” and losses for the American military. U.S. President Joe Biden said this on Monday, August 16, speaking at the White House about the situation in Afghanistan.

“When I took over as president, I inherited the agreement reached by previous U.S. President Donald Trump with the Taliban. Under it, U.S. forces were to withdraw from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021. The choice I had to make as your president was to follow that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban. There would be no cease-fire after May 1. There is no agreement protecting our military after May 1,” he said.

The U.S. leader said he was making a choice between abiding by the agreement or “escalating the conflict.”

The United States will continue to support the people of Afghanistan and advocate for their rights, Biden added.

“We will continue to support Afghans, lead in our diplomacy, international influence, and humanitarian assistance. We will continue to advance regional diplomacy to prevent violence and instability,” he said. — We will continue to stand up for the basic rights of Afghans.

Biden also said that “Russia and China would like the United States to endlessly pump resources and money into Afghanistan.”

“Our true strategic rivals, China and Russia, would want nothing more than another infusion of millions of dollars and resources from the United States in an endless effort to stabilize Afghanistan,” he said.

Afghanistan's leadership surrendered to the fight against the insurgents despite strong U.S. support, and the Americans should not have continued to fight that war instead of the Afghans themselves, Biden said.

Biden said he did not regret the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. “I am deeply saddened by what we are witnessing,” he said. — “But I do not regret the decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan and to continue to focus on fighting terrorism there and in other parts of the world.

“The involvement of U.S. troops in a civil war in another country is not in the national interest of the United States. I remain fully committed to my decision,” he concluded.

What Biden said about the decision to withdraw troops

The American leader announced his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan on April 14, 2021. He attributed it to the fact that their presence “will not help create a sustainable government of the republic.” Biden said that more than 10 years ago, the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama asked him to visit Afghanistan and talk about the situation in the country.

“What I saw on that trip reinforced my belief that only the people of Afghanistan have the right and the responsibility to lead their country, and that augmentation and endless U.S. forces can neither create nor support a sustainable Afghan government,” Biden said.

“I believed that our presence in Afghanistan should focus primarily on the reason we went there: to ensure that Afghanistan was not used as a base from which to attack our homeland again.

We did that, we accomplished that,” the White House chief argued.

He also noted that U.S. servicemen are leaving Afghanistan 10 years after the elimination of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the terrorist network Al-Qaeda.

Biden said he made the decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan after consulting with allies and Kabul.

“After close consultations with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence officials, with our diplomats and development experts, with Congress and the vice president, and with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and many other leaders around the world, I have come to the conclusion that the time has come to end the longest war America has been involved in,” he said.

“It's time for American troops to come home,” Biden added.

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