Biden says U.S. war in Afghanistan will end August 31

President Biden says that after nearly 20 years, the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan will conclude at the end of August.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 11:49 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31.

He says "speed is safety" as the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war.

Biden spoke Thursday to update his administration's ongoing efforts to wind down the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

He said: "We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build" and "Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future."

Biden also amplified the justification of his decision to end U.S. military operations even as the Taliban make rapid advances in significant swaths of the country.

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