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Biden to speak Thursday about Afghanistan amid swift U.S. pullout

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By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Thursday will offer his most extensive comments to date about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a pullout that is raising concerns about a civil war there and drawing Republican criticism. A White House official said Biden would update the American people on the situation and that no major policy pronouncements were expected. The Democratic president, scheduled to speak at 1:45 p.m. (1745 GMT), has been under pressure from critics to give a more expansive explanation for his decision to withdraw. The United States last weekend a…

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