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Afghanistan turmoil

Biden says Afghanistan was never about nation-building

Washington's two-decade mission comes to chaotic end

U.S. President Joe Biden defends the American withdrawal from Afghanistan in a speech at the White House on Aug. 16.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/TOKYO/KABUL -- America's mission in Afghanistan was never about nation-building, and its only national interest there was to prevent a terrorist attack on the homeland, U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday in televised remarks.

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