“The sooner we can finish, the better.”
Pres. Biden affirmed the full withdrawal of American troops remains on track for August 31st, as risks rise.
aug 25, 2021
- The President provided an afternoon update on August 24th.
- He described the situation on the ground in Afghanistan as "tenuous."
- President Biden also made not of the increased security risks to American forces, including from ISIS.
- Why It Matters: Despite multiple reports of an earlier withdrawal, or meetings with the Taliban in order to advocate for a extended timeline, the President says the 31st remains the target date for the end of mission.
Here's a link to the full transcript of the President's address; he did not take questions.
Here's our highlight reel of the address: