Biden to explain why he decided not to extend military withdrawal in Afghanistan
Washington, Aug 31: US President Joe Biden will explain the nation today to explain his decision not to extend the deadline beyond August 31 that ended the military presence in Afghanistan.
Tomorrow afternoon, I will address the American people on my decision not to extend our presence in Afghanistan beyond August 31. For now, I will report that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned.
Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops, and secure the prospects of civilian departures for those who want to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months ahead, Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
For now, I urge all Americans to join me in grateful prayer tonight for three things. First, for our troops and diplomats who carried out this mission of mercy in Kabul and at tremendous risk with such unparalleled results: an airlift that evacuated tens of thousands more people than any imagined possible. Second, to the network of volunteers and veterans who helped identify those needing evacuation, guide them to the airport, and provide support along the way. And third, to everyone who is now - and who will - welcome our Afghan allies to their new homes around the world, and in the United States, Biden also said in the statement.