Biden plans to announce withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 – the 20th anniversary of 9/11
- The announcement is expected on Wednesday
- Donald Trump’s administration negotiated an exit on May 1 with the Taliban
- The US began efforts to take down the Taliban after the attacks of September 11, 2001
- The withdrawal was negotiated with Taliban forces
- There are currently about 2,500 US troops there
- Biden can also publicly announce his decision
President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, 20 years after the Al Qaeda attacks sparked America’s longest war, but months after a May 1 deadline set by the Trump administration negotiated.
The decision on a deadline to remove the last 2,500 US troops would finally end the war – amid questions about how much stability and security the US would leave in the midst of a fragile government that has helped support the military in Kabul.
However, the withdrawal would be based on certain security and human rights guarantees, the sources told Reuters, on condition of anonymity prior to the decision’s formalization. The sources gave no further details.
President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will announce the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden can also publicly announce his decision, the sources said.
Biden’s decision, if confirmed, would miss a May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed by the administration of his predecessor Donald Trump with the Taliban insurgents.
The efforts of the US and the Allies to force the Taliban out of power began in October 2001, weeks after the September 11 attacks under the George W. Bush administration, after the regime provided refuge to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda fighters.
US soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division are deployed to fight Taliban fighters as part of Operation Mountain Thrust to a US base near Deh Afghan village on June 22, 2006, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. US and coalition forces and the Afghan government have faced a long uprising
Released on March 22, 2021, this photo of the United States Department of Defense shows United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (L) as he is welcomed with a record of honor when he arrives at the Presidential Palace to meet with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Taliban Delegation (LR) Khairullah Khairkhwa, former Western Herat Governor and one of five Taliban released from US prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Suhail Shaheen, negotiating team member, Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban Political Office to attend their joint press conference in Moscow, Russia, March 19, 2021. The Taliban warned Washington not to exceed the May 1 deadline
September 2021 withdrawal would coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks
US and coalition forces were able to oust the Taliban from power and a new Afghan government was formed. A long attempt to train and equip indigenous Afghan forces followed, amid an ongoing uprising.
In a statement last month, the Taliban threatened to resume hostilities against foreign forces in Afghanistan if they fail to meet the May 1 deadline.
But it would still be a short-term date with withdrawal, potentially allay the Taliban’s concerns that Biden might drag the trial on.
The May 1 deadline has started to seem less and less likely in recent weeks, given the lack of on-site preparations to ensure it could be done in a safe and responsible manner. US officials have also blamed the Taliban for failing to keep pledges to reduce violence, and some have warned of continued ties between the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
It was those ties that sparked the US military intervention in 2001 after the September 11 attacks by Al Qaeda on New York and Washington, because the Taliban had housed the leaders of Al Qaeda.
Thousands of US and Allied troops have died fighting in Afghanistan.
Biden said at his first press conference last month, “It will be difficult to meet the May 1 deadline” for a full withdrawal.
“For tactical reasons alone, it’s hard to get those troops out,” Biden said when asked about his plans.
He said the nation coordinated with allies and allowed, “If we leave, we will do so in a safe and orderly manner.”
Biden also said he couldn’t imagine US forces still in Afghanistan in March 2022. “I can’t imagine that’s the case,” he said.
He added: ‘But we won’t be staying long. We will leave. The question is when we leave. ‘