Has the US conceded defeat in Afghanistan? | Inside Story

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An 'extraordinary success.' That's what U.S. President Joe Biden called the end of America's longest war. During an address to his nation, President Joe Biden defended his decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan before all Americans were airlifted. He has faced criticism for the chaos of the past few weeks, as Afghanistan rapidly fell under Taliban control. But Biden largely blamed Afghan forces - who were quickly defeated by the Taliban. So, should America have predicted the calamity that came with its withdrawal? And could this hurt its image on the world stage? Presenter: Dareen Abughaida Guests: Ben Hodges - Former Director of Operations of Regional Command South Kandahar in Afghanistan. Anza Saqib - Security and Defence Analyst. David Sedney - Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He's also former Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan and Pakistan. - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish/ - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera/ - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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