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US military chiefs express ‘pain and anger’ at departing Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON (AFP) — Unites States defense chiefs said that they felt pain and anger on Wednesday and would humbly study the lessons of the Afghan war after leaving the country under control of the Taliban, whom they fought for 20 years.

In their first public appearances since US forces departed from Afghanistan on Monday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and US Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley reflected somberly on a conflict that took the lives of 2,461 American troops, including 13 in the final days of the airlift at Kabul airport.

“These have been incredibly emotional and trying days, and indeed years,” Milley said. “We are all conflicted with feelings of pain and anger, sorrow and sadness, combined with pride and resilience,” he added.

Austin acknowledged the outpouring of intense feelings about the war that began with the removal of the Taliban from power in late 2001, with many criticizing the withdrawal now, and others questioning why it did not come years earlier.

“I know that these have been difficult days for many of us. And as we look back as a nation on the war in Afghanistan, I hope that we will all do so with........

© The Times of Israel

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