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U.S. to leave Afghanistan by Aug. 31

President Joe Biden at a news conference about U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

U.S. to leave Afghanistan by Aug. 31

President Joe Biden announced the end of the war in Afghanistan on Thursday afternoon. He refused to send more Americans to an “unwinnable war” and said a speedy withdrawal was safest. The United States is designating safe areas where Afghan refugees who helped the military can stay while waiting for visa applications.

What led to this? Biden said the United States accomplished its mission in Afghanistan when Navy SEAL teams killed Osama Bin Laden. Now it’s up to the Afghan military and government to control the region and possibly make a deal with the Islamist group the Taliban, which has been capturing more territory. Republican lawmakers criticized Biden for leaving Afghanistan open to an influx of terrorists.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s cover story about the rough road ahead for Afghan Christians.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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