Biden to Congress regarding troop removal from Afghanistan: "Keeping thousands of troops concentrated on the ground in Afghanistan no longer makes sense as the most effective counterterrorism strategy when the threat has metastasized Across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia."
Biden cont.: "Our focus and posture need to adapt accordingly... The US will reorganize our counterterrorism capabilities and assets in the region to prevent the reemergence of a terrorist threat in Afghanistan. We will hold the Taliban and the Afghan government accountable...
Biden on drawdown of troops continued: "We will hold the Taliban and the Afghan government accountable to their commitments not to allow terrorists to threaten the United States or its allies from Afghan soil."
Biden: "The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces currently number close to 300K and they will continue to fight valiantly to protect the Afghan citizens."
Biden: With the support of Congress, we will continue to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. We will also continue to support the rights of Afghan women and girls and to maintain significant humanitarian and development assistance to Afghanistan.
Biden: We'll encourage other nations in the region esp. Pakistan to do more to support Afgnstn & to support stability [there]. But we won't allow US troops to be a bargaining chip btwn warring parties in other countries. That is a recipe for staying indefinitely in Afghanistan.
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