Biden Says He Stands ‘Squarely Behind’ Afghanistan Decision

Biden said he had to choose between sticking to a previously negotiated agreement to withdraw U.S. troops or sending thousands more service members back into Afghanistan to fight a “third decade” of war.

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President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking a defiant tone, President Joe Biden said Monday that he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan as he acknowledged the “gut-wrenching” images coming out of the country after the swift Taliban takeover of the government. Biden said he had to choose between sticking to a previously negotiated agreement to withdraw U.S. troops this year or sending thousands more service members back into Afghanistan to fight a…

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