President Joe Biden reportedly expressed plans to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.
The pullout will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack which kicked off the US’s longest war.
According to an anonymous administration official, the withdrawal would be based on certain security and human rights guarantees and that Biden may also publicly announce his decision.
“We will reposition our counterterrorism capabilities retaining significant assets in the region to counter the potential reemergence of a terrorist threat to the homeland from Afghanistan and to hold the Taliban to its commitment to ensure Al Qaeda does not once again threaten the United States or our interests or our allies,” said the senior administration official.
Before Biden’s term, the Trump administration already made a deal with the Taliban for a permanent cease-fire and troop reduction by mid-July last year and a total pullout by May this year.
The Taliban announced in English on the Taliban’s Voice of Jihad website that it will harm U.S. troops if there is a break from the May 1 deadline and that they have rejected the United States’ plan to restore peace in Afghanistan.
“The Islamic Emirate responded firmly to Biden’s comments and announced that if the occupying forces do not leave by the agreed-upon date, then attacks shall resume,” warned the Taliban.
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