Biden plans to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, missing May deadline, reports say

1 month ago 33

1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, ticker arsenic CH-47 Chinook helicopters ellipse supra during a particulate tempest astatine Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan, July 17, during mentation for an aerial battle mission.

U.S. Army photo

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden volition retreat each American troops from Afghanistan by September, missing a important May 1 deadline that was antecedently broked by the Trump administration, according to The Washington Post and Reuters.

Biden's removal of U.S. forces volition coincide with the 20th day of the Sept. 11, 2001, panic attacks that triggered the nation's introduction into what would go its longest war.

The announcement comes arsenic Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin conscionable with NATO partners successful Brussels.

In February 2020, the Trump medication brokered a woody with the Taliban that would usher successful a imperishable cease-fire and trim further the U.S. military's footprint from astir 13,000 troops to 8,600 by mid-July past year.

By May 2021, each overseas forces would permission Afghanistan, according to the deal. The bulk of troops successful the state are from Europe and spouse nations. There are astir 2,500 U.S. work members presently successful Afghanistan.

Last month, Biden told reporters during his archetypal property league that helium could not yet perpetrate to the May 1 deadline.

"It's going to beryllium hard to conscionable the May 1 deadline," Biden said, adding "it is not my volition to enactment determination for a agelong time," Biden said.

When asked if U.S. work members would stay successful Afghanistan different year, Biden said helium did not spot that being the case.

"We are not staying a agelong time. We volition leave, the question is erstwhile we leave," the president said, adding that his medication was successful consultations with NATO allies and partners successful the region.

The wars successful Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria person outgo U.S. taxpayers much than $1.57 trillion collectively since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report

This is simply a processing story. Check backmost for updates.