Updated Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – 18:37
Previously, the Trump Administration had agreed to withdraw with May 1, 2021 as the deadline
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US President Joe Biden has decided to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon that caused Washington’s military intervention in this country, in what has been his longest war. This has been assured by three sources familiar with Biden’s decision to the Reuters agency.
The withdrawal, however, will be based on security and human rights guarantees, according to the same sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, shortly before the announcement was formalized. No further details are known about this move.
Biden himself is expected to publicly announce his decision, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief NATO allies tomorrow Wednesday.
If this date is confirmed, the US will not meet the deadline for the withdrawal of its troops agreed with the Talibn to next may 1, as agreed by the Donald Trump Administration. The extremist militia, in a statement dated last month, threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops if the withdrawal deadline is not met.
However, the 9/11 date will still set a short-term deadline for the withdrawal, which could allay Talibn concerns that Biden could prolong the process.
The May 1 deadline had already started to look less and less likely in recent weeks, given the lack of preparations on the ground to ensure it could be done in a safe and responsible manner. US officials have also blamed the Talibn for failing to deliver on commitments to reduce violence, and some have warned of Islamists’ persistent ties to Afghan al Qaeda.
It was those ties that triggered US military intervention in 2001 following the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11 in New York and Washington because the Taliban had housed al Qaeda leaders. Thousands of American and allied soldiers have died during these two decades of fighting in Afghanistan.
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