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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.

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