U.S. President Joe Biden said the purpose of the U.S. operation in Afghanistan was to prevent terrorist acts in the United States. He made this statement during an address to his fellow citizens with regard to the situation in Afghanistan, which is being broadcast on the official Twitter account of the U.S. president.
“Our mission in Afghanistan has never been about nation-building, it has never been about creating a unified, centralized democracy. Our only vital interest in Afghanistan remains the same as it has been — to prevent terrorist attacks on America,” Biden said.
The American leader also said he did not regret the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan because a further stay of U.S. forces in the country would have been fraught with heavy losses. According to him, the purpose of the USA in Afghanistan was to deal with those who arranged the attacks of September 11, to make sure that al-Qaeda will not be able to use Afghanistan for future attacks.
Biden blamed the Afghan authorities for the failure of the fight against the Taliban and said that “the United States will not stay in Kabul to indefinitely engage in a conflict that is not in their interests.
Now, according to the head of the White House, the main task is to get the Americans and the Afghans, who cooperated with them, out of the country. He added that he and his national security team are closely monitoring the situation in the Middle East. He said the U.S. was prepared for the rapid collapse in Afghanistan that is now underway.
Biden also talked about the consequences that could arise if the U.S. forces were to refuse to withdraw from Afghanistan. According to him, if the U.S. left troops behind, it would mean an escalation of the conflict. Also, if that were the case, thousands more troops would have to be sent into the country.
On August 15 militants of the radical Taliban movement declared about the control of the whole territory of Afghanistan. Now the administration of Afghanistan has been transferred to an interim council, which will transfer power to the Taliban. The new council includes Abdullah Abdullah, head of the high council for reconciliation, and former President Hamid Karzai. President Ashraf Ghani left the country.