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Shocked and awkward: Biden's Afghanistan pullout divides America

As Taliban declare independence, the blame game intensifies

U.S. President Joe Biden walks away after delivering remarks on Afghanistan from the White House on Aug. 31.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The last day of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan served up harsh reminders about the complexity of the conflict, exposed the partisan divisions it has created, and confronted the region with a new reality: The Taliban are once again in control of Afghanistan, with more international leverage and support than they had two decades ago.

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