Ten days away from the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, President Joe Biden faces new questions about how he will fight terrorism after a speedy exit from Afghanistan — just in time for what critics have deemed a “photo op.”
In remarks on Tuesday, Biden said counterterrorism missions to protect the homeland will continue, as well as hunting down Islamic State terrorists and promoting human rights.
But “major military operations to remake other countries” are out, Biden said. He insisted that leaving Afghanistan by the end of August was “not due to an arbitrary deadline” but was “designed to save American lives.” The 20-year war was initiated in response to the 9/11 attacks.
Still, the administration’s counterterrorism capabilities are under scrutiny amid reports a retaliatory drone strike targeting Islamic State militants killed 10 civilians, including seven children