Biden intends to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September
U.S. President Joe Biden intends to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of a series of terror attacks in the U.S., a senior administration official said at a special briefing on the situation in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
According to the official, the drawdown of U.S. troops will begin by May 1 and will be completed by the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. He added that unlike past efforts to set a U.S. withdrawal date, Biden's deadline was not conditions-based.
"After a rigorous policy review [regarding Afghanistan], President Biden has decided to draw down the remaining troops in Afghanistan and finally end the U.S. war there after 20 years. <...> The President has judged that a conditions-based approach, which is then the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever," the official explained.
The senior administration official added that NATO troops would also follow the same withdrawal timeline. He explained that it is possible that U.S. troops will be withdrawn "well before" September 11, noting that the date was the last possible time when remaining personnel would leave, TASS reported.