Biden defends withdrawal, blames Taliban takeover on lack of fight from Afghan army

President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan Wednesday, blaming the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country squarely on the Afghan army and a peace deal brokered with the Taliban by the Trump administration.

In an interview with ABC News‘s George Stephanopoulos, Biden argued that there was no way the intelligence community could have foreseen the Afghan army’s quick surrender, despite being provided with U.S. equipment and having received years of training from U.S. forces.