Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


NATO forces to leave Afghanistan together, US says

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 (reports) White House: Biden to withdraw 2.5K U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11
Melba Vasquez | 14 April, 2021, 22:36

President Biden speaks at the Pentagon on February 10.

Biden is expected to defend his decision to withdraw during an address later on Wednesday, saying that it is "time for American troops to come home" from the longest war in USA history.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners are meeting in Brussels as the Biden administration plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the US invasion following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

The senior administration official said United States troops were not the best solution for preserving human rights gains, saying that "aggressive diplomatic, humanitarian and economic measures" are needed instead. "That can not explain why we should remain there in 2021", Biden is expected to say, according to excerpts released by the White House.

"Our ability to keep that threat in Afghanistan in check ... has benefitted greatly from the presence of US and coalition militaries on the ground", Burns said at the Senate Intelligence Committee's annual Worldwide Threats hearing.

Biden is expected to make a formal announcement on the troop withdrawal on Wednesday.

There are 2,500 U.S troops stationed in Afghanistan, the statistical figure of the residing troops is not exact, but there are additional 7,000 Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in the country. As many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported to be in the country.

The Taliban militant group said Wednesday that it would not engage in any more diplomatic negotiations until all foreign forces leave the country.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokesperson said allied forces have been working closely with Afghanistan "for many months" ahead of their withdrawal.

July 2016: President Obama says 8,400 United States troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the "precarious security situation".

The September 11, 2001 attacks were staged by members of terror group Al-Qaeda, who hijacked four airplanes and crashed three of them into NY and Washington, leaving almost 3,000 people dead and others missing.

USA officials noted that the withdrawal would be 20 years to the day after the terrorist group al Qaeda launched attacks on the United States.

What is Biden saying about the withdrawal?

On its side, the channel 1TV offers other dates by indicating that the forum would be held from next Friday, during 10 days, while the Tolo News TV channel speculates that the Taliban representation could not attend the meeting.

"This administration has made a decision to abandon US efforts in Afghanistan which have helped keep radical Islamic terrorism in check", said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. "It is retreat in the face of an enemy that has not yet been vanquished and abdication of American leadership", McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday. The Taliban has threated to restart fighting if foreign troops do not leave. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., saying the decision shows, "President Biden recognizes the reality that our continued presence there does not make the USA or the world safer".

The Taliban, which was ousted from power in 2001 by US-led forces, said it would not take part in any summits that would make decisions about Afghanistan until all foreign forces had left the country. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in a tweet. "A rushed and political decision to withdraw without consideration of our counterterrorism priorities will allow Afghanistan to serve as a future platform for terrorist attacks against the United States and our partners". The drawdown would begin by May 1, defying the deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban past year.

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