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US to withdraw remaining troops from Afghanistan by 11 September

14 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 15th, 2021 10:15)

US President Joe Biden has decided to pull out all the remaining American troops from Afghanistan before 11 September.

US to withdraw remaining troops from Afghanistan by 11 September
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III greets German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at the Defense Ministry in Berlin. Credit: Jim Garamone, DoD.

US President Joe Biden has decided to pull out all the remaining American troops from Afghanistan before 11 September.

The withdrawal, which is not on a condition-based approach, will put an end to the US war in the country after 20 years.

In a press briefing, a senior administration official said that the drawdown will be carried out in a safe and orderly manner starting before 1 May.

The official said: “We went to Afghanistan to deliver justice to those who attacked us on 11th September and to disrupt terrorists seeking to use Afghanistan as a safe haven to attack the United States. We believe we achieved that objective some years ago.”

The plan will help the nation to focus on the existing global threats and challenges while advancing and protecting American interests.

The official added: “We’ve long known that military force would not solve Afghanistan’s internal political challenges, would not end Afghanistan’s internal conflict. And so we are ending our military operations while we focus our efforts on supporting, diplomatically, the ongoing peace process.”

The US will also work with Nato allies and operational partners to come up with a withdrawal plan for their forces.

The official added: “We are deeply grateful for the sacrifices so many of them made along the way, and we’ll never forget the ultimate show of allied support when Nato invoked Article 5 on September 12, 2001, after our country was attacked.”

In a separate development, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III has announced that the country would increase its military presence in Germany by an additional 500 service members by this autumn.

This announcement reverses the previous administration’s policy that sought to significantly decrease the number of US forces based in Germany.