Days after military forces exited the last Afghan base in a symbolic conclusion to a 20-year war, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the U.S. would formally end its mission in Afghanistan on August 31, 11 days before the initial goal of September 11.
The U.S. “military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31st,” Biden announced in remarks at the White House, saying the U.S. did not go to the country to “nation build.”
Hanging over Biden’s remarks are concerns about Taliban advances and the threat Afghan government could collapse.
Biden said he had confidence in the ability of the Afghan military, but that it was “highly unlikely” one government will control the country after the U.S. leaves.
“The only way there’s going to be peace and security in Afghanistan” is if the Afghan government works out a “modus operandi with the Taliban,” the president said.
“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.
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