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Updated August 17th, 2021 at 08:21 IST

Afghanistan crisis: VP Kamala Harris backs Biden, justifies ending US military involvement

As the Taliban consolidates its power in Afghanistan, the United States government has issued its response, justifying its decision of pulling out the troops. 

Reported by: Shloak Prabhu
Afghanistan
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As the Taliban consolidates its power in Afghanistan, the United States government has issued its response, justifying its decision of pulling out its troops. US Vice-President Kamala Harris on Tuesday backed her administration and termed the US decision as a "right one". She stated that the US government will always be grateful and proud of its soldiers who were fighting in Afghanistan for two decades. Her statement comes after US President Joe Biden justified his administration's decision. 

US VP Kamala Harris on troops pullout 

Earlier, Biden broke his silence on the takeover of Afghanistan and the subsequent chaos that ensued in the country. Even as he expressed sadness over the current situation, Biden maintained that the decision to withdraw was the correct one for America. Moreover, he asserted that the "buck stops with him".

The POTUS also reiterated that the United States invaded Afghanistan to root out the Al-Qaeda following the September 11, 2001 attacks. He further remarked that the US wanted to make sure that Al-Qaeda would not use Afghanistan as a base to attack the US again. As he broke silence over the Afghanistan situation, Joe Biden yet again declared that the United States was never committed to nation-building in Afghanistan. 

Joe Biden puts the onus on Afghanistan 

During his address on the situation, Joe Biden justified the US decision to withdraw and instead blamed Afghanistan for the situation. He asserted that Ashraf Ghani fled the country while opining that "Americans do not deserve to die". He further stated that inspite of spending trillions of dollars in equipping the Afghan forces, the US faced the brunt when the Afghan government and the Taliban failed to negotiate "better for their country". Moreover, he claimed that the Afghan forces did not fight.

"Ashraf Ghani insisted the Afghan forces will "fight, but they did not." 

The United States President concluded his address by maintaining that he will not go against the interests of the United States. He added that he does not regret his decision to withdraw the American troops from Afghanistan even as the Taliban now control the country. 

"I am President of the United States of America and the buck stops with me. I am deeply saddened at the facts that we now face but I don't regret my decision," Biden added 

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Published August 17th, 2021 at 08:21 IST

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