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Afghanistan turmoil

Biden defends Afghanistan pullout as Taliban gain ground

President says he trusts Afghan military's capacity to fight

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration's continuing drawdown efforts in Afghanistan in a speech from the East Room of the White House.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan as the Taliban make rapid gains against the Central Asian country's faltering military, which the U.S. spent heavily to recruit, train and arm.

"The United States cannot afford to remain tethered to policies created in response to a world as it was 20 years ago," Biden told a news conference in the White House, doubling down on his decision to end America's longest war. "We need to meet the threats where they are today. Today, the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan."

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