Military operations by the United States in Afghanistan will be ended on Aug. 31, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday, bringing to a close a 20-year American involvement in the remote Asian nation.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build,” he said. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future.”
The U.S invaded that nation in 2001 in wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States that killed over 3,000 Americans. The ruling Taliban regime was sheltering the Al-Quaida terrorist group behind the attack.
Billions of dollars have been spent since then and 2,732 U.S. military personnel killed. Although the Taliban was ousted from power and its extremist Islamic policies lifted, Afghanistan has remained divided and wracked by violence.
Some critics fear that the Taliban, who believe in severe restrictions on women, will return and seize power again from the U.S.-backed government in Kabul.
“How many more, how many more thousands of American daughters and sons are you willing to risk?” said Biden, according to the Associated Press.
The administration is working on the evacuation of Afghans who assisted Americans and a potential deal with Turkey to provide security for the airport in the nation’s capital.
Tropical Storm Elsa batters the East Coast
Over 27 million people are under a storm warning all along the Atlantic Coast as Tropical Storm Elsa batters the region from New England to the Carolinas.
According to USA Today, at least one person is dead, 10 have been injured and parts of New York City have been flooded.
An estimated 70,000 homes and businesses are without electrical power. Flash flooding is a threat as up to eight inches of rain could fall.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Elsa will continue moving northeast along the coast into southern New England and Canada by Friday. Winds have been upwards of 50 miles an hour.
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