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Biden treads fine line between Afghan defeat and ‘mission accomplished’

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Washington (AFP) – President Joe Biden says the US exit from Afghanistan is no Vietnam-style debacle — but neither is he about to declare victory. Biden walked a tightrope in a major speech Thursday explaining to the American people his decision to withdraw from the so-called “graveyard of empires” after a 20-year war sparked by the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Haunted by US history that he, as one of Washington’s most senior statesmen, knows only too well, Biden sought over and over to thread the needle. Is the pullout — symbolized by the quiet, nighttime departure last week from the once proud ce…

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