US president to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11
WASHINGTON: The president of the United States, Joe Biden will withdraw the remaining 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11, 2021, bringing an end to the longest US war on 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
American media reported that Joe Biden had taken this decision rejecting the Pentagon’s advice to remain in the Middle Eastern country until its security forces are able to combat against the Taliban.
It is also pertinent to mention here that former US president Donald Trump had set May 1 deadline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The USA Today has quoted a senior administration official as saying that Biden believed that there was no military solution to the problems in Afghanistan, therefore his government would make efforts through diplomatic means to reach a peace agreement between the Taliban and Afghan government.
More than 2,300 US servicemembers and 100,000 Afghan citizens have been killed in the longest war of the US history.
US Senator Bernie Sanders applauded the president for making “the brave and right decision” to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. He also suggested that the next time the US should use military force only when the objective was clear and achievable.
According to White House, the president will publicly announce his decision on Wednesday (today).
Meanwhile, a senior official of Biden administration said the pull-out would begin before May 1 and could complete well before the September 11 deadline.