Biden delivers first remarks since end of Afghanistan withdrawal
Biden delivers first remarks since end of Afghanistan withdrawal

President Joe Biden will address the public Tuesday in his first speech since the U.S. military fully withdrew from Afghanistan. The United States announced Monday that its military mission in Afghanistan was over, ending the disastrous withdrawal of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies, despite reports that not all U.S. citizens who wish to flee have been successfully extracted from the country. As the Taliban made swift and aggressive land grabs in formerly American-protected districts of Afghanistan, U.S. allies and citizens scrambled to reach the only viable airport near Kabul. A terrorist attack, for which the Islamic State Khorasan claimed responsibility, killed approximately 170 people at the Kabul airport, including 13 U.S. service members. BARGAINING CHIP: AMERICANS LEFT BEHIND GIVE TALIBAN PRECIOUS LEVERAGE Taliban fighters now have complete control of Afghanistan despite scattered and unsuccessful attempts to fight back. Their power has been sharply bolstered by their acquisition of billions of dollars' worth of U.S. military equipment left behind amid the hasty withdrawal. Biden's speech is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. ET in the State Dining Room of the White House.

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