Biden says the era of U.S. nation building is over as he marks the end of the Afghanistan war

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden in an address to the nation Tuesday gave a full-throated defense of his decision to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of conflict, declaring the era of large U.S. military deployments to rebuild other nations as over.Biden's address came just 11 days before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that precipitated the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan."My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over," Biden said from the White House."I'm the fourth president who has faced the issue of whether and when to end this war," he said."When I was running for president I made a commitment that I would end this war, and today I have honored that commitment. It was time to be honest with the American people; we no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan," he said."This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan, it's about ending an era of major military operation
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