Biden administration to withdraw U.S. troops by 20th anniversary of 9/11

by Jenny Mount · Apr 14th, 2021 1:52 pm

Last Updated Apr 16th, 2021 at 2:30 pm

The Biden administration announced that the remaining American troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

"After a rigorous policy review, President [Joe] Biden has decided to draw down the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan and finally end the U.S. war there after 20 years," said a senior administration official on Tuesday. "We will begin an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces before May 1st and plan to have all U.S. troops out of the country before the 20th anniversary of 9/11," the official said. "The President made the determination and is announcing tomorrow that the best path forward to advance American interests is to end the war in Afghanistan after 20 years so that we can address the global threat picture as it exists today, not as it was two decades ago."

Former President Donald Trump's plans were to bring all U.S. forces home from Afghanistan by May 1. However, the Biden administration has signaled that it would not meet the May 1 deadline but would withdraw the troops before next year.

According to the official, the U.S. will remain "deeply engaged" with Afghanistan's government and committed to the Afghan people, adding that "our full toolkit to ensure the future that the Afghan people are seeking has the best chance of coming about."


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