The United States has achieved the goals set at the beginning of the US military operation in Afghanistan in 2001, said US Assistant to the President for National Security Jake Sullivan on CNN.
According to him, the purpose of the operation was to deal with the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Sullivan noted that a blow was struck at the terrorist group Al-Qaeda (banned in the Russian Federation), and its leader, Osama bin Laden, was destroyed. “Since then, various tasks in this war have changed and transformed, but as for the fundamental goals in this conflict, we have achieved them,” said the American presidential aide.
He explained that therefore the head of state Joe Biden decided it was time to put an end to this and “focus on the battles to come, not the past 20 years.”
Sullivan added that after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the United States is going to keep its military contingent only to guard the embassy in the country.
We will remind, on April 14, Biden announced plans to begin the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan in May and its completion by September 11, 2021.