Biden To Withdraw U.S. Troops From Afghanistan, Four Months After Trump’s Agreement
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President Biden announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, effectively ending the United States longest war.
This date is four months past May 1, the date former President Donald Trump had established in a peace agreement with the Taliban last year.
Biden had alluded to letting the spring date lapse prior to this announcement.
“We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago. That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021,” Biden said.
“We were attacked, we went to war with clear goals,” he said.
“We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is degraded in Afghanistan, and it’s time to end this forever war.”
An excerpt, provided from the White House, says Biden will also say the U.S. cannot continue “hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result.”
The withdrawal of military personnel in the Middle East began under the Obama Administration in 2011 when over 100,000 soldiers remained stationed in Afghanistan. But even though some service members were called home, the U.S. presence remained for another 10 years.
The Associated Press reported that over 2,200 U.S. troops were killed, another 20,000 were injured and the ‘longest American war’ cost the United States over $1 trillion dollars.
While Biden and many others see this definite withdrawal as an accomplishment, some lawmakers including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are opposed to the removal. Congressmen are worried that the Taliban-run state could once again become a safe haven for terrorist groups and leaders.
The United States originally entered the country in 2001 in order to combat the growing terrorist group Al-Qaeda which led to the death of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
Shaheen is also worried about women’s rights and democratic progress. She said in a tweet that this decision “undermines our commitment to the Afghan people, particularly Afhagan women.”
“I urge the Biden admin to make every effort between now and September to safeguard the profes made and support oru partners in the formation of an inclusive and transitional government,” the tweet read.