Afghan government won't collapse, says Biden; US military mission to end by 31 August

US President Joe Biden has said the Taliban military takeover is “not inevitable” in Afghanistan, adding the Afghan military is better equipped and trained

Jul 09, 2021
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US President Joe Biden (File)

US President Joe Biden has said the Taliban military takeover is “not inevitable” in Afghanistan, adding the Afghan military is better equipped and trained. He also announced that the US military mission in the war-torn country would end on 31 August this year. 

In a speech on Friday, Biden also called the recent intelligent assessment, predicting the collapse of the Afghan government as soon as the six months after the withdrawal of US troops-- "wrong", saying the Afghan military not only outnumber the Taliban but also better equipped and trained. 

Announcing that the US would end its military mission in the country by 31 August, he said “There is no mission accomplished moment.” 

“We achieved those objectives, that's why we went. We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build. And it's the right and the responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country," Biden was quoted as saying by Reuters. 

Responding to the critics of his decision to withdraw troops, he said, "I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome.”

"The likelihood there's going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely," Biden said, indicating a further fragmentation of the power center and weakening grip of the Kabul government amid a potential civil war. 

Similarly, UK military chief General Nick Carter on Friday warned of a potential civil war. In that case, he said, “you would see a culture of warlordism and you might see some of the important institutions like security forces fracturing along ethnic, or for that matter, tribal lines.” 

The Taliban won’t be able to control the entire country, Carter said, adding, the insurgent group would control most part though. He also announced that British troops had completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

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