Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

Source: Politico | April 13, 2021 | Andrew Desiderio and Lara Seligman

The move will likely prompt the Taliban to renew attacks on American forces there, which have largely halted since the February 2020 agreement.

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, missing the May 1 deadline he inherited from the Trump administration, according to two congressional aides and a senior administration official briefed on the plans.

The decision, which Biden is expected to announce this week, will likely prompt the Taliban to renew attacks on the roughly 3,500 American troops there, which have largely halted since the February 2020 agreement between the Trump administration and Taliban officials.

The news comes just weeks after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made his first visit to Afghanistan, where he met with U.S. officials on the ground and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.

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