Biden addresses the nation about Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover
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WASHINGTON – Following the dramatic overthrow of the Afghan government to the Taliban, President Joe Biden will address the nation from the White House on Monday afternoon.
Biden’s remarks, slated for 3:45 p.m. ET, will be his first since Taliban insurgents captured the presidential palace in the Afghan capital of Kabul over the weekend, a staggering development that marks the seeming end of a 20-year US-led attempt marked, creating a stable democracy in the country.
The president’s decision to address the nation comes amid mounting criticism of his government’s handling of the situation and calls on him to break his silence.
Though vastly outnumbered the Afghan military, long backed by US and NATO coalition forces, they have made a number of shocking gains on the battlefield in recent weeks.
The Taliban’s advances, fueled in part by the exodus of US and NATO coalition forces, resulted in Western nations sending troops to Kabul to evacuate embassies amid deteriorating security conditions.
Many Afghans desperate to leave the country crowded the tarmac at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul as fear gripped the city after the Taliban came to power.
Last week, Biden told reporters at the White House that he has no regrets about his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, a move that would effectively end America’s longest war.
In April, Biden ordered the Pentagon to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by September 11, a decision he believed was made in lockstep with NATO coalition forces.