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Audra Anderson

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Assistant Managing Editor15 days ago

President Biden addresses Afghanistan withdrawal

President Joe Biden delivered remarks Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 31 about the end of the Afghanistan war. Spanning 20 years, it was the longest war in American history.

Former President Donald Trump signed the Doha agreement — a peace agreement — with the Taliban in February 2020. All American and allied troops were anticipated to be withdrawn within 14 months, AP News previously reported.

Around 14 months later, Biden made the decision to end the Afghanistan war in April 2021. He set a date of Aug. 31, 2021, for American troops to withdraw. By Tuesday, the administration had completed one of the largest airlifts in history, with more than 120,000 people evacuated.

Just days earlier, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 13 U.S. service members died in a bombing at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Five of the victims, aged 20, were as old as the war itself.

Biden has received backlash for the country’s withdrawal, with critics citing the several hundred Americans and American allies still left in Afghanistan.

• What are your thoughts on America's withdrawal?

• What about the war? Do you feel it was time for it to end?

• Do you think a withdrawal would have been risky at any point in time?

Post your thoughts below.