WASHINGTON, Aug 18: US President Joe Biden is taking responsibility for every decision the American government took with respect to Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, as the war-ravaged country plunged into crisis following Taliban takeover.
Afghanistan descended into chaos after the Taliban took control of the capital city, Kabul and the government led by President Ashraf Ghani collapsed.
As the security situation in the country deteriorates, US President Biden was criticised as violence in Afghanistan escalated only after American announced troops withdrawal.
During an address to the nation, Biden said he stands “squarely behind” his decision to withdraw the US forces from Afghanistan.
“After 20 years, I have learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw.”
He also admitted that the situation in the war-torn country unfolded more quickly than America anticipated.
Biden said he authorised 6,000 US troops to deploy to Afghanistan for the purpose of assisting in the departure of US and allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan, “and to evacuate our Afghan allies and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of Afghanistan”.