Islam News – President Biden on Thursday gave his first formal address on Afghanistan since American troops left their operations center last week, effectively ending U.S. military operations after two decades of war. He argued that the U.S. could no longer afford the human costs, in a speech that acknowledged that America could not alter the country’s course.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said. “And it’s the right and the responsibility of Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.”
As U.S. troops leave, the situation on the ground is increasingly dire. Over two months, the Taliban have seized at least 150 of Afghanistan’s 421 districts. Biden seemed to recognize that reality when he said, “The mission hasn’t failed — yet.”
When asked if the U.S. would be responsible for civilian deaths in the country, he said, emphatically, “No, no, no.”
The Biden administration has committed $266 million in humanitarian aid and $3.3 billion in security assistance, as well as three million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and oxygen supplies.