(Washington) US President Joe Biden “does not regret” his decision to complete the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan at the end of the month, he said on Tuesday, calling on Afghans to “find the will to fight”.
Posted on Aug 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm
“I do not regret my decision,” he said in an interview with the press in the White House.
The last American troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan on August 31, ending the Twenty Years’ War for the United States.
Since the Democratic president announced the deadline about a month ago, the Taliban have steadily gained ground.
They captured two new Afghan provincial capitals on Tuesday, Farah in the west and Pul-e Khumri in the north, from which civilians fled en masse.
Afghans “must have the will to fight” and “must fight for themselves, for their nation,” said the US President.
“We have spent, trained, and equipped more than $ 1,000 billion in twenty years […] over 300,000 Afghan soldiers, ”he said.
Joe Biden assured that the Americans would “keep their promise” to continue to provide logistical and financial support to the Afghan army.
Similarly, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price told him on Tuesday that the Afghan armed forces were “vastly outnumbered” and “had the potential to cause casualties.” ”
“This notion that the Taliban’s advance cannot be stopped […], that’s not the reality on the ground, ”he said.
The rapidly advancing Taliban now control eight of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals, including six of nine in the north, while fighting continues in the other three.
They also tightened their grip on Mazar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north. Should this fall again, the government would no longer have control over the entire region, which has traditionally been fiercely directed against the Taliban.