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Taliban takeover of Afghanistan not inevitable: Biden

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: The United States’ military mission in Afghanistan will officially end on August 31, US President Joe Biden announced Thursday during an update on the troop withdrawal process. Biden stated a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is “not inevitable” because the Afghan military not only outnumbers the Taliban but is much better equipped. He also said the US intelligence community’s recent warning that Afghanistan’s government is on the verge of collapse is “wrong”. Biden’s remarks during a press briefing at the White House came after he and Vice President Kamala Harris met with national security leaders for an update on the troop withdrawal process. He also said: “We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build, and it is the right and the responsibility of Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.” Biden announced that the US is implementing an evacuation plan to withdraw Afghans who assisted the American military. Biden said Washington would begin flights this month to relocate Afghan interpreters and other personnel who aided the US military – as well as their families – to third-party countries while they await expedited visa processing to move to the United States. “There is a home for you in the United States if you so choose, and we will stand with you just as you stood with us,” Biden said. He noted that the US has already approved 2,500 special immigrant visas for Afghans who assisted the US military but said that “up until now, fewer than half have exercised their right to do that.”

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