Biden calls Afghanistan withdrawal an ‘extraordinary success’ as he defends evacuation mission

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President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw the US from Afghanistan as he describes the mission as “extraordinary success”.

The withdrawal brings the nation’s longest war – in which nearly 50,000 Afghan civilians, 2,500 US service members, and thousands of Afghan military, police and Taliban fighters were killed – to an end.

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