President Biden has announced the twenty-year-long US military mission in Afghanistan will end by August 31, 2021.
In April, the Biden administration publicly shared plans to bring home armed forces stationed in Afghanistan. Regarding the decision, Biden said, “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build. … It’s up to the Afghans to make decisions about the future of their country.” Last week, the Pentagon announced more than 90 percent of US presence has been withdrawn from the country. Seven facilities, along with equipment, were officially given to the Afgan military.
FBA previously reported, “Following the 9/11 attacks, the first U.S. troops landed at Bagram. Since then, the once broken down runway became its own small city for the many who worked on the base and at its facilities. The two-mile stretch was the hub for all military operations throughout Afghanistan and had been visited by Bush, Obama, and Trump during their presidencies.”
US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said, “We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago, and we went because we were attacked on 9/11, and we went to take on those who had attacked us on 9/11 and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorism directed at the United States or any of our allies and partners.” He added, “And we achieved the objectives that we set out to achieve.”
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