‘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.