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White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing on July 8. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. will not have a "Mission Accomplished" moment for the war in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a briefing Thursday, adding that the conflict "has not been won militarily."

Why it matters: President Biden is expected to speak Thursday about his decision to pull U.S. troops out of America's longest-running war and the steps the U.S. will take to support the country during the ongoing Taliban insurgency.

  • The U.S. has almost completed its military withdrawal from the country, while the Taliban has recently claimed vast swaths of territory.
  • The U.S. intelligence community has warned that the Afghan government could collapse as soon as next year as the Taliban's battlefield offensive grows.

What they're saying: "We're not going to have a Mission Accomplished moment in this regard," Psaki said. "It's a 20-year war that has not been won militarily."

  • "We are proud of the men and women who have served — incredibly grateful. The president will note that in his remarks today."

Flashback: Former President George W. Bush gave a speech in May 2003 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, from which a banner hung stating "Mission Accomplished."

  • During the speech, Bush implied that all of the major goals of the war in Iraq had been won. But the conflict would drag on for years afterward.

The big picture: Psaki said the Biden administration is in the process of finding and transporting Afghan nationals who helped U.S. forces during the Afghanistan War to host countries while they wait for U.S. visas.

  • She added that the U.S. will continue to press for a political solution to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

Go deeper: Tajikistan bolsters border after Afghan troops flee Taliban offensive

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

Oct 15, 2021 - Technology

Sen. Kelly: U.S. must develop new military tech to prevent future conflicts

Developing new military technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, will be necessary to prevent a war with China or other adversaries, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) said at an Axios event Friday.

Why it matters: With the war on terror ramping down and competition with China increasing, Kelly said it's time for the U.S. to adapt its military technology to address threats in the western Pacific, specifically China.

Biden says presidency "will be determined" by outcome of spending plans

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic Caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.