President Joe Biden told the American people on July 8 that the U.S. and its partners in Afghanistan had “trained and equipped nearly 300,000 current serving members of the military” – a critical element to his justification for why the U.S. could withdraw.
When asked to account for any of those forces on Tuesday, following the stunning fall of Kabul to the Taliban, the Pentagon referenced only 500 local troops at the airport in Kabul that were helping provide security.
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