U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control

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U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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U.S. grapples with fallout from Afghanistan withdrawal with Taliban back in control
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The collapse of the Afghan government and rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban ahead of the U.S. withdrawal of the last troops there has led to finger-pointing across the federal government, with members of both parties blaming their political opponents for the chaos that unfolded over the weekend.

In his first remarks since dramatic scenes in Kabul showed desperate Afghans attempting to flee the country at its main airport, President Biden on Monday defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and said he inherited the situation from former President Donald Trump, whose administration negotiated a deal with the Taliban and pledged all U.S. forces would be out of the country by May 1.

“I stand squarely behind my decision,” Mr. Biden said in remarks at the White House, after which he returned to Camp David in Maryland. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”

But the president also cast blame on Afghanistan’s political leaders and military for the Taliban’s swift return to power, saying they failed to fight as the group seized nearly all of the country in just over a week.

“If anything,” Mr. Biden said, “the developments of the past week reinforced that ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation Sunday, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki  told reporters Tuesday she was not aware of any U.S. officials who have been in contact with him.

The president’s remarks on the crisis in Afghanistan were met with prompt criticism from Republicans, who said Mr. Biden detailed a false choice between a hasty departure from Afghanistan or remaining in the country forever.

You can read the rest of Melissa Quinn’s article at CBSnews.com

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