Biden plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, missing May deadline

1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, twenty fifth Infantry Division, watch as CH-47 Chinook helicopters circle above throughout a mud storm at Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, throughout preparation for an air assault mission.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September, missing an important May 1 deadline that was beforehand broked by the Trump administration, a senior administration official stated on Tuesday.

Biden’s removing of U.S. forces will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror assaults that triggered the nation’s entry into what would develop into its longest battle. The official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, stated the withdrawal of U.S. and overseas troops from the war-torn nation may occur properly earlier than September.

“We will reposition our counterterrorism capabilities retaining significant assets in the region to counter the potential reemergence of a terrorist threat to the homeland from Afghanistan and to hold the Taliban to its commitment to insure Al Qaeda does not once again threaten the United States or our interests or our allies,” the official stated, including that the administration understood that “military force would not solve Afghanistan’s internal political challenges.”

In February 2020, the Trump administration brokered a deal with the Taliban that may usher in a everlasting cease-fire and cut back additional the U.S. navy’s footprint from roughly 13,000 troops to 8,600 by mid-July final 12 months.

By May 2021, all overseas forces would go away Afghanistan, in accordance to the deal. The majority of troops within the nation are from Europe and accomplice nations. There are about 2,500 U.S. service members at present in Afghanistan.

U.S. Marines conduct a safety patrol in Southern Shorsurak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, throughout Operation New Dawn, June 20, 2010.

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Last month, Biden advised reporters during his first press conference that he couldn’t but commit to the May 1 deadline.

“It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,” Biden stated, including “it is not my intention to stay there for a long time,” Biden stated.

When requested if U.S. service members would stay in Afghanistan one other 12 months, Biden stated he didn’t see that being the case.

“We are not staying a long time. We will leave, the question is when we leave,” the president stated, including that his administration was in consultations with NATO allies and companions within the area.

The announcement comes as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin meet with NATO companions in Brussels. NATO joined the worldwide safety effort in Afghanistan in 2003 and at present has greater than 7,000 troops within the nation.

The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have value U.S. taxpayers greater than $1.57 trillion collectively since Sept. 11, 2001, in accordance to a Defense Department report

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