Biden: ‘I stand squarely behind’ US pullout from Afghanistan
17 August 2021 | 12:04 pm
President Joe Biden defends the US pullout of Afghanistan, saying he stands by the policy and that it was time to leave after 20 years of conflict. "I stand squarely behind my decision," he says in a televised address from the White House.
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