President Joe Biden announced Thursday the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan would conclude by Aug. 31, bringing America’s longest war to a swift end weeks before the Sept. 11 deadline he set this year. “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. “It’s the right and the responsibility of Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.” Biden said he was advised by his military commanders to move swiftly once the drawdown began, declaring “speed is safety” as he outlined the end of the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan. The new deadline comes as the Taliban continue to gain new territory at an alarming pace, raising concerns the militant Islamic group could topple the Afghan government. Biden told reporters it was not inevitable the Taliban would seize control of the government and that he trusts the ability of the Afghan National and Defense Security Forces, who is “better trained, better equipped and more competent in terms of conducting war.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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