More than 2,000 American military personnel have died in Afghanistan since the beginning of the war, and many more have suffered injuries and trauma. Some of those veterans have lobbied for an end to the war.
“Most of us haven’t dealt with it, and one partial reason for that is that we’re still there,” former Army intelligence analyst Esti Lamonaca told HuffPost earlier this year. “For a lot of us, it would help knowing there’s not other people suffering.”
But some experts have warned that an abrupt US departure from the country could be damaging.
Biden said that the US will continue diplomatic and humanitarian work in Afghanistan, including by supporting its government and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. In addition, the US will support peace talks facilitated by the United Nations between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, Biden said.
But the past does not justify further US presence in Afghanistan, according to the president.
“It is time to end the forever war,” Biden said. “It is time for American troops to come home.”