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International relations

As the Taliban gain, Biden vows to stick with Afghan president

US president tells Ghani that the job ahead will be 'very difficult'

NEW YORK -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani does not like to wear suits. But the 72-year-old former professor, who once renounced his U.S. citizenship for his presidential bid in Afghanistan, swapped his usual comfortable, flowing outfit for his Western-style best for his trip to Washington this week.

Ghani's mission on this two-day visit to the U.S. capital: to persuade the American leadership to delay the U.S. forces' pullout, or at the very least to keep providing Afghan security forces with the support and protection they need in the face of the Taliban's rapid gains all across his country.

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