'Overdue': Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan
July 9, 2021
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden said Thursday the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan will end on Aug. 31, delivering an impassioned argument for exiting the nearly 20-year war without sacrificing more American lives even as he bluntly acknowledged there will be no "mission accomplished" moment to celebrate.
Biden pushed back against the notion the U.S. mission has failed but also noted that it remains unlikely the government would control all of Afghanistan after the U.S. leaves. He urged the Afghan government and Taliban, which he said remains as formidable as it did before the start of the war, to come to a peace agreement.
"We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build," Biden said in a speech from the White House's East Room. "Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future."