White House Pulls Back Troops from Afghanistan by September 11
The United States will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan this year. According to the Washington Post newspaper, President Joe Biden has decided that the departure will be finalized on September 11.
It will then be precisely twenty years ago that Muslim extremists attacked the US with attacks in New York and Washington. In the fight against terrorism, the US then went to Afghanistan to hunt down Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the devastating terror.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had recently stated that the Americans are not withdrawing from Afghanistan alone, but together with NATO allies “when the time is right”.
Other member states are also contributing troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Blinken and US defence minister Austin are reported to be informing NATO member states on Wednesday.
The previous US President Donald Trump had announced, without consulting the allies, that the US troops would be removed by May 1. This was agreed with the radical Islamic Taliban, who managed to hold their own despite years of struggle with the foreign forces.