FLASHBACK: Biden Admin Speeds Up Afghanistan Withdrawal Ahead Of Schedule

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Kyle Schmidbauer Contributor
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The U.S. and its NATO allies were on track to withdraw troops from Afghanistan ahead of the Sept. 11 goal set by President Joe Biden earlier this year, The New York Times reported in July.

The Times also reported that several issues remained unclear in the withdrawal, namely the security of international airports in the region and the likely detriment to NATO-allied Afghan troops posed by the withdrawal of roughly 17,000 private contractors — over 6,000 of whom were American citizens.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country Sunday after the Taliban, an Islamist militant group, breached Kabul, the nation’s capital city.

Biden remarked on July 8 that a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was “not inevitable.” (RELATED: US Deploys Troops To Afghanistan To Aid Embassy Evacuation)

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed Biden’s comments. “I don’t think the end game is yet written … a negative outcome, a Taliban automatic takeover, is not a foregone conclusion,” Milley told reporters in July during a Pentagon press briefing.