U.S. President Joe Biden said withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan was the best option to end the country’s longest military campaign, adding that the other option would return after the war.
“I would not prolong this eternal war, and I did not want to prolong an eternal exit,” he said in a television address on Tuesday, hours after the last U.S. soldiers evacuated from Kabul airport two decades of war ended.
“We managed to do that in Afghanistan more than a decade ago. And we stayed another decade. It was time to end this war. ”
“This decision on Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan. “This is about ending an era of major military operations to recreate other countries,” he said.
The Taliban, who quickly took over the country this month, are celebrating their victory by saying that Afghanistan is finally a ‘free and sovereign’ nation.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said their victory should serve “as a lesson” to the United States.
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The US Treasury has issued a new license to facilitate the flow of aid in Afghanistan
The U.S. government last week issued a license authorizing it and its partners to continue to facilitate humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, a Treasury official told Reuters after the Taliban blacklisted Washington. is, this month took control of the country.
The specific license, issued by the Treasury Department last Wednesday, authorizes the U.S. government and its contractors to support humanitarian aid to people in Afghanistan, including the delivery of food and medicine, despite U.S. sanctions against the Taliban.
The license, which expires on March 1, 2022, comes amid concerns that Washington’s sanctions against the Taliban could hasten an emerging humanitarian crisis in the country, which relies heavily on foreign aid.
“This is targeted humanitarian aid designed to help the people of Afghanistan,” the official said, adding that the aid did not go to the Taliban authorities.
US denies abandoning dogs at Kabul airport
The U.S. Department of Defense denied reports that soldiers had left some of their dogs at the airport in Kabul during the recent exodus from Afghanistan.
“To correct incorrect reports, the U.S. military has left no dogs in the cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby posted on social media.
He explained that photos circulated online show dogs in an animal shelter and not those used by the military.
The animal rights group PETA had earlier quoted ‘inside sources’ as saying that 60 bomb dogs and 60 other ‘working dogs’ had been left ‘suffering in the heat without adequate access to food or water’.
Biden’s speech: the complete transcript
President Joe Biden on Tuesday called for a defensive defense of his policies in Afghanistan, stressing that the withdrawal was the ‘right decision’.
“I would not prolong this eternal war, and I did not want to prolong an eternal exit,” Biden said.
Read the speech here.
Biden signs law to help Americans returning from Afghanistan
President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a bill that would provide up to $ 10 million in aid to U.S. citizens evacuated from Afghanistan over the next two years.
The Senate unanimously passed the legislation earlier in the day. The House of Representatives approved it last week.
Senator Ben Cardin said the bill raises money for returning Americans to help them meet their immediate needs, including housing.
“They were uprooted, they lived in Afghanistan, so [it is] to look after their needs in the short term, ”CNN said, according to Cardin.
US progressive leaders praise Biden for his withdrawal
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, praised President Joe Biden for completing the withdrawal in Afghanistan and said he made one of the “most compelling issues against war” in his speech on Tuesday.
” A brave, thoughtful, comprehensive and necessary articulation, ‘Jayapal wrote on Twitter, describing Biden’s speech.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, a left-wing lawmaker, agrees with Jayapal’s comments. “President Biden is right that this decision is not just about Afghanistan. “This is about ending an era of major military operations to recreate other countries,” Warren said.