Afghanistan: Joe Biden defends US pull-out as Taliban claim victory

Afghanistan: Joe Biden defends US pull-out as Taliban claim victory

At times he seemed defensive, noting that Americans were warned 19 times to exit Afghanistan before the August US military withdrawal. He accused Afghan leaders, allies on whom the US had depended, of “corruption and malfeasance”. And he blamed the Trump administration for negotiating what he characterised as an inadequate withdrawal agreement with the Taliban.

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