Biden says he does not regret troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Biden says he does not regret troop withdrawal
People have been sleeping in makeshift camps after fleeing their homes. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US President Joe Biden has said that he has no regret about his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to make advances.

Despite saying no regret, the US president urged the leaders of Afghanistan to unite and “fight for their nation”.

Violence has escalated across the country after US-led forces started to withdraw from Afghanistan following 20 years of military operations.

The Taliban have taken at least eight of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, and the militant group is aggressively taking more and more lands.

President Biden said at the White House on Tuesday that the US was keeping the commitments it had made to Afghanistan, such as paying military salaries, supplying Afghan forces with food and equipment and providing close air support.

But Mr Biden said: “They’ve got to fight for themselves.”

The Washington Post reported citing unnamed officials as saying Afghanistan’s capital Kabul could fall to the Taliban within 90 days, based on US military assessments.

More than 1,000 civilians have been killed amid fierce fighting between the government forces and Taliban in the past month, according to the United Nations (UN).

This week, the UN’s children’s agency Unicef warned that atrocities being committed against children were growing “higher by the day”.

In their latest major advances, Taliban militants seized two more provincial capitals – Pul-e-Khumri and Farah city – on Tuesday.

Officials said the violence and fighting increased and the militant group had raised their flag in the main square and on the governor’s office in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, which is located about 125 miles (200km) from the capital Kabul.

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