Biden set to withdraw USA troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Katie Ramirez
April 14, 2021

"We can not continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result", Biden will say during the address.

The US, the official said, will coordinate with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and partners about a drawdown of their forces in the same timeframe beginning before May one ending before the 20th anniversary of September 11.

While the presence of USA forces have sustained their Afghan counterparts, especially through American air power, the Biden administration said they won't be used to ensure an outcome in negotiations.

Biden's decision came as Turkey said it will host a USA -backed peace conference from April 24-May 4 that would bring together the Afghan government, the Taliban and worldwide partners.

In Kabul, Afghan officials say they will continue peace talks in preparation for the withdrawal.

Britain now has 750 troops stationed in Afghanistan, the United Kingdom is expected to almost withdraw all of its troops from the country.

A coalition of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato)-led troops in Afghanistan will leave the country in coordination with a planned U.S. withdrawal by September 11, Washington's top diplomat said on Wednesday, ahead of a formal announcement of the end of two decades of fighting. "And so, we are ending our military operations while we focus our efforts on supporting diplomatically", the official said.

"We will respect any decision taken by the USA gov with regards to their troops".

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US officials noted that the withdrawal would be 20 years to the day after the terrorist group al Qaeda launched attacks on the United States. "That can not explain why we should remain there in 2021".

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are expected to brief U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on the withdrawal during their visit to Brussels this week. April 24 was already a delay from the planned start this Friday, pushed back after the Taliban said that they wouldn't participate in meetings this week.

On Tuesday, a senior USA official warned that the Taliban "will be met with a forceful response" if they attack U.S. troops during the pull-out phase. CNN and Reuters both confirmed the report.

"We believe that there is no victor in Afghan conflicts and we hope the Taliban realise that too", he said.

"The global community has not yet fulfilled their commitments, there is talk of the Taliban returning to power-sharing".

"The overriding objective of the Istanbul Conference on the Afghanistan Peace Process is to accelerate and complement the ongoing intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha on the achievement of a just and durable political settlement". "There should be guarantees that we should not return to the dark days of 20 years ago". "It is time for American troops to come home", he'll say.

"I know people are frustrated, but wars don't end because you're frustrated", Graham said in a statement. "We have always said we are going in together, and we are going out together", she said.

"Otherwise Afghanistan may plunge into war, which will be disastrous not only for Afghanistan but the whole world".

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