Biden to announce withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Biden has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new goal for removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan a U.S. official said Tuesday

US President Joe Biden is set to announce that American troops will leave Afghanistan by 11 September, officials have told US media.

The decision on a deadline to remove the final 2,500 USA forces would finally put an end to the war - amid questions about how much stability and security the US would leave behind amid a fragile government that the military has helped prop up in Kabul. USA officials provided details on Biden's decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to brief the decision to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels on Wednesday.

The Taliban has threatened violence against USA forces remaining in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline.

A person familiar with the deliberations told the Post that if the USA pushed back its May 1 withdrawal deadline without a clear exit plan by another time "we will be back at war with the Taliban, and that was not something President Biden believed was in the national interest".

There are fears that if foreign military forces withdraw before a lasting agreement is reached, the Taliban might seize power.

The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

Biden has been weighing the decision for months with his advisers and signaled he did not believe United States troops should remain in the country long past the deadline.

Biden also said couldn't picture USA troops still being in Afghanistan by March 2022.

"It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline", Biden said in late March. "Just in terms of tactical reasons, it's hard to get those troops out".

"We're going to zero troops by September".

"We are not staying for a long time".



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