2021-09-01

Biden speaks on ending military operations in Afghanistan: defending the withdrawal of troops and continuing the fight against terrorism

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China News Service, September 1st. According to a comprehensive report, on August 30, local time, the United States announced the end of its withdrawal from Afghanistan. US President Biden delivered a speech at the White House on August 31 on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. He vigorously defended his decision, stated that he was responsible for the withdrawal decision, and pointed out that continuing the war is not in the national interest of the United States. However, he said that he would continue to combat global terrorist threats including the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State (ISIS-K).

Biden speaks on ending military operations in Afghanistan: defending the withdrawal of troops and continuing the fight against terrorism

Said it will continue to crack down on the “Khorasan branch of the Islamic State”

According to reports, Biden said, “Last night, in Kabul, the United States ended the 20-year war in Afghanistan. This is the duration in the history of the United States. The longest war.” Regarding the evacuation of a large number of people from Kabul in a short period of time, Biden said, “No country has done this in history. Only the United States has the ability and willingness to do it.”

Biden disclosed that by the end of the evacuation, 90% of Americans who wanted to leave had evacuated. He also emphasized that for Americans who want to evacuate, there is “no deadline” and the United States will continue to assist them to leave.

In his speech, Biden once again defended his Afghan troop withdrawal, saying that he was responsible for the troop withdrawal decision. At the same time, he criticized the agreement reached between the former US President Trump and the Taliban and the Afghan government forces’ ineffective response to the Taliban.

Biden also stated that the US military operations in Afghanistan over the past 20 years have spent more than US$2 trillion and caused a large number of US casualties. It is not in the US national interest to continue the war. However, the U.S. campaign against terrorism has not ended. He said he will continue to fight against global terrorist threats including the Khorasan branch of the Islamic State (ISIS-K).

Biden speaks on ending military operations in Afghanistan: defending the withdrawal of troops and continuing the fight against terrorism(1)

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p > On August 31, local time, after all U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, a Taliban member stood guard near the Afghan Air Force plane at Kabul Airport.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is concerned about the humanitarian situation

On the other hand, Russian media quoted sources on August 31 as saying that the Taliban will announce the formation of a cabinet on September 3. According to reports, the Taliban is holding a meeting with multiple parties to discuss the new government structure. The meeting is now nearing completion. A senior Taliban member also revealed that it is expected that there will be more than 26 people in the new cabinet of Afghanistan. In addition to all members of the Taliban leadership committee, there may be other outsiders.

Taliban spokesperson Mujahid also revealed on August 31 that the leadership committee held a three-day meeting in Kandahar under the guidance of the Taliban’s supreme leader Ahunzada to discuss the formation of a new cabinet. .

In addition, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a statement on August 31, expressing deep concern about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the economic crisis, and the collapse of basic social services.

Guterres said that Afghans face the dilemma of losing basic goods and services every day, and humanitarian crises continue to spread.