WaPo fact check accuses Biden of inflating size of Afghanistan military

WaPo fact check accuses Biden of inflating size of Afghanistan military
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The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler accused President Biden of inflating the numbers after claiming Afghanistan‘s military is bigger than many NATO allies in a fact check on Wednesday.

… In Biden’s address … he defended the decision to end U.S. military involvement in the region and argued they left Afghan military in good shape.

“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,” Biden said on Monday. “We spent over a trillion dollars.  We trained and equipped an Afghan military force of some 300,000 strong — incredibly well equipped — a force larger in size than the militaries of many of our NATO allies.”

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Citing data from the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), Kessler argued Biden was rounding up the numbers.

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