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Biden says Afghans have ‘got to fight for themselves,’ indicating US has been fighting for them

US President Joe Biden takes a question during a press conference about the infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on August 10, 2021, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

US President Joe Biden says it is time for the Afghan forces “to fight for themselves,” indicating that Washington has been on their side since it invaded the country on the pretext of war on terror in 2001.

The Democrat made the comments at a news conference, further asserting that he does not regret his decision to withdraw forces from after the US longest war ended in defeat there.

"We spent over $1 trillion over 20 years. We trained and equipped with modern equipment over 300,000 Afghan forces," he said. "And Afghan leaders have to come together. We lost thousands, we lost to death and injury, thousands of American personnel. They’ve got to fight for themselves. Fight for their nation…  But they’ve got to want to fight.”

US withdrawal from Afghanistan is reportedly almost done as the official end date of Aug. 31 approaches.

"I think they're beginning to realize they’ve got to come together politically at the top," the US president claimed. "But we’re going to continue to keep our commitment. But I do not regret my decision."

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby claimed on Monday that the US has launched some airstrikes in support of Afghan forces without providing any further details.

The Taliban have captured vast areas across Afghanistan, including key trade routes with the neighboring countries, since foreign troops officially began withdrawing from the country in early May.

Violence has been surging across Afghanistan amid the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces from the country. The 2001 invasion of Afghanistan ousted the Taliban from power, but it worsened the security situation in the country.

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