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Biden told Afghan President they needed to 'change perception' of the Taliban's rapid advance

Added 09-01-21 04:36:02am EST - “In the last phone call between Joe Biden and his Afghan counterpart the American president said they needed to change perceptions of the Taliban's rapid advance 'whether it is true or not.'” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Biden told Afghan president they needed to 'change perception' of war”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Joe Biden wanted the now-departed Afghan president to create the 'perception' that his government was capable of holding off the Taliban - an indication he knew it was only a matter of time before the US ally fell to the Islamic group even while reassuring Americans at home that it would not happen. 

In the last phone call between Biden and his Afghan then-counterpart Ashraf Ghani, the American president said they needed to change perceptions of the Taliban's rapid advance 'whether it is true or not,' according to excerpts published on Tuesday.

The call took place on July 23 - weeks before the fall of Kabul - but Biden on Tuesday repeated his assertion that his team was caught flat-footed by the rapid Taliban takeover of the country.

'The assumption was that more than 300,000 Afghan national security forces that we had trained over the past two decades, and equipped, would be a strong adversary in their civil wars with the Taliban,' Biden told the nation in a televised speech from the White House on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden spoke with President Ashraf Ghani for about 14 minutes on July 23. It was their last conversation before the Taliban captured the capital. Biden told Ghani he had a perception problem and said, 'There is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture'

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