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On Monday, US CENTCOM officially announced the end of the US military mission in Afghanistan, as the last plane carrying US forces left Kabul airport, giving the Taliban * full control.

US President Joe Biden delivered a speech to the American nation regarding the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the nearly 20-year war, during which 2,448 US servicemen and 3,846 US military contractors were killed and that cost at least the United States. $ 2.4 trillion.

Here are the most striking remarks he made on Tuesday.

“An extraordinary success”

The US president has called the US evacuation mission in Afghanistan an “extraordinary success”, although it has been widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, and has even triggered calls for the resignation of Biden and officials. US military leaders.

“The extraordinary success of this mission is due to the incredible skill, bravery and selfless courage of the US military, our diplomats and intelligence professionals,” Biden said during a speech at the White House.

“In the end, 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said.

Biden has said he is not going to prolong the war forever or an exit forever from Afghanistan, and that he does not agree with those who say the evacuations could have been carried out in a more orderly fashion .

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A U.S. Navy attends an evacuation control point (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021.

“I wasn’t going to prolong this war forever, and I wasn’t going to extend an outing forever,” Biden said. “Now some say we should have started the mass evacuations earlier, and could not it have been done in a more orderly fashion. I disagree with respect.

The chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan was also marked by deadly terrorist attacks in the Kabul airport area, which claimed the lives of nearly 200 people, including 13 US soldiers. The United States retaliated, killing, as the Pentagon has said, key Daesh targets *. However, the airstrikes also killed innocent civilians, including children.

Conservative politicians have criticized Biden for failing to stick to the US military motto of “no man left behind” as it appears not all Americans wishing to leave have been able to do so.

They also fear that the Afghans who assisted the United States during the years-long campaign could be targeted by the Taliban.

The Taliban also seized billions of US military equipment – from assault rifles to Black Hawk helicopters – from retreating Afghan security forces in the weeks leading up to the fall of Kabul in mid-August. With images of Taliban fighters sporting American uniforms and weapons originally supplied to Afghan forces circulating on social media, former President Donald Trump called on the United States to “bomb hell” with the Taliban if it does not surrender. not military booty.

Taliban fighters burst into Kabul International Airport, brandishing US-supplied weapons, equipment and uniforms – after the US military completes its withdrawal.

The only interest of the United States is to make sure that America is safe from attack.

The only national interest of the United States in Afghanistan is to prevent its territory from being used to launch another attack on the United States, Biden said.

“In my opinion, we only have one [national interest] – to ensure that Afghanistan can never again be used to launch an attack on our homeland, ”Biden said.

“To ISIS * -K: We’re not done with you yet,” Biden added.

“The Taliban have made public pledges, broadcast on television and radio across Afghanistan, to a safe passage for anyone wishing to leave, including those who worked alongside the Americans. We do not take them only at their word, but on their actions, and we have leverage to ensure that these commitments are honored ”, declared the president.

End of nation building?

Biden also hinted during his remarks that the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was also aimed at ending the era of large nation-building operations.

“This Afghanistan decision is not just about Afghanistan. It is about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries,” Biden said in a White House speech. .

After the United States had completely withdrawn from the country, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naim told Sputnik that “now our state has become free and independent.” He also added that the United States was defeated and failed to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan.

US troops invaded Afghanistan under former US President George W. Bush in 2001, as part of the infamous “War on Terror” following the September 11 terrorist attacks. In addition to US forces, more than 47,200 Afghan civilians have been killed in the war, according to the most recent estimates.


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