WASHINGTON: US President has made it clear that one more year, or five more years, of US military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country.
His statement followed by orders of deployment of approximately 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan for drawdown of US personnel and other allied personnel and evacuation of Afghans at “special risk” from Taliban advance.
Biden was quoted as saying that an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me. He said he had directed the Secretary of State to support President Ghani and other Afghan leaders as they seek to prevent further bloodshed and pursue a political settlement.
Meanwhile, after running over Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghan Taliban entered Jalalabad this morning and conquered almost all of eastern Afghanistan within no time.
Visuals surfacing online purport to show large number of government troops surrendering before Taliban in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, and citizens welcoming them in Jalalabad city.