‘Overdue’: Biden sets Aug. 31 for US exit from Afghanistan

  • President Joe Biden speaks about the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan will end on Aug. 31, delivering an impassioned argument for exiting the nearly 20-year war without sacrificing more American lives even as he bluntly acknowledged there will be no “mission accomplished” moment to celebrate.