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U.S. President Joe Biden said Aug. 14 that he had approved additional military forces to go to Kabul to help safely draw down the American Embassy and remove personnel from Afghanistan.
In a lengthy statement, Biden defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against Taliban fighters sweeping through the country.
“Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel,” Biden said.
Biden said his administration had told Taliban representatives that any action that put U.S. personnel at risk “will be met with a swift and strong U.S. military response.”
But he also said an indefinite U.S. military presence was not an option.
Biden’s Aug. 14 move came amid growing pressure to adjust a withdrawal plan that is generating some of the harshest criticism of his six months in office. (AP)
This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.