US to leave troops in Afghanistan beyond May, 9/11 new goal

Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

The sources did not provide further details. Biden plans to make the announcement this week.

In a February 2020 agreement with the administration of President Trump, the Taliban agreed to halt attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government, in exchange for a US commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 2021.

The Taliban has threatened violence against US forces remaining in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline.

Members of the Taliban delegation (L-R) Khairullah Khairkhwa, former western Herat Governor and one of five Taliban released from the United States prison on Guantanamo Bay in exchange for USA soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Suhail Shaheen, member of negotiation team, Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban's political office attend their joint news conference in Moscow, Russia, 19 March 2021.

The Trump administration had aimed to have all American forces out of Afghanistan, where the Taliban retains significant power, by May 1, if certain conditions in its negotiations with the Taliban were met.

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People familiar with the plans told The Washington Post on Tuesday that Biden aims to complete the exit from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that drew America into the nation's longest war. "If we break the May 1st deadline negotiated by the previous administration with no clear plan to exit, we will be back at war with the Taliban, and that was not something President Biden believed was in the national interest".

Thousands of American and allied troops have died in fighting in Afghanistan.

Biden had previously hinted that the US was considering delaying the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. "We will leave", Biden said last month.

He added: 'But we are not staying a long time. "The question is when we leave".

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