ArkLaTex veterans react to Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11
9/11 terror attacks “cannot explain” why U.S. forces should remain in Afghanistan 2 decades later, president says
(KSLA) — President Joe Biden has announced that all U.S. combat troops will be out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that Al-Qaeda terrorists coordinated from Afghanistan.
Those attacks “cannot explain” why U.S. forces should remain in Afghanistan two decades later, the president said.
Critics of Biden’s plan say the hard end date could lead to more chaos and give the Taliban free reign to reinstitute harsh Islamic rule.
KSLA News 12′s Kenley Hargett spoke with a number of ArkLaTex veterans about the decision and its effect on the Middle East.
“What happens now when (we) pull out all the allied troops is that it’s probably not going to be an outcome for the people of that region,” said Sandy Franks, who held several high positions during her 23 years in the Air Force.
She now runs the nonprofit Women Veterans of the ArkLaTex, which recognizes and supports women veterans.
Franks introduced Hargett to Veronica Bell, an Army Corps of Engineers veteran who spent time in the MIddle East.
“At the end of the day, the commander in chief has closed the door,” Bell said. “They are moving on with a new chapter; and they (the troops) have to move forward with what the commander in chief says.”
Some veterans told Hargett this is a no-win situation due to instability in the Middle East.
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