JUST IN | Biden Administration sending in additional 2,000 troops on top of already deployed 3,000 troops to Afghanistan;
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Biden said Saturday he would send approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to safely evacuate U.S. and allied personnel.
- Mr. Biden made the decisions after consultations with top advisers while he was working at Camp David. Mr. Biden also defended his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, as the Taliban continues to advance in the country.
- The steps announced by Mr. Biden don’t represent a major course correction in his decision to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan and largely consist of adjustments to moves already under way as he seeks to disengage from America’s longest war.
- “I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan—two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth,” he said in a statement.