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Biden visits Arlington National Cemetery after announcing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

President Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on Wednesday about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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President Biden said Wednesday that “diplomacy does not hinge on having boots in harm’s way” as he defended his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Biden said the United States needs to “fight the battles for the next 20 years, not the last 20” as he delivered a speech from the White House. He later visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place for service members who died in recent conflicts, including in Afghanistan, pausing at some of the tombstones.

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