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Biden’s approval rating falls below 50 percent after Taliban takeover

US President Joe Biden

The approval rating of US President Joe Biden has dropped below 50 percent in the wake of his chaotic withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan which led to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on Monday, only 46 percent of Americans are satisfied with Biden's performance in office, which is the lowest number since his inauguration.

This comes as the Democratic president had previously hit 55.1 percent in March and 52.6 percent in July.

During the past days, Biden has witnessed the harshest criticisms from inside and outside the US over the ill-prepared withdrawal from Afghanistan that has brought about immense chaos and confusion to the country after two decades of occupation.

The Taliban took control of the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the war-ravaged country. It took the militants just over a week to seize control of Afghanistan after a lightning sweep that ended in the capital.

Biden, however, has defended his decision to withdraw the US troops, reiterating that he “inherited” a deal for withdrawal that was negotiated by Trump.

“I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban. Under his agreement, US forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, just a little over three months after I took office,” Biden said on Monday.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of the so-called war on terror. While the invasion ended the Taliban’s rule in the country back then, it is ending with the return of the group to power.

On July 8, Biden asserted that it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan.

The Office of the Director of US National Intelligence warned in April that the Taliban militants were making gains. 

Top American generals had also warned the president that a hasty US withdrawal would lead to collapse of the Afghan government. 

The US president has already acknowledged “this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”

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