Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September

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Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September

1 st battalions, 501 st Infantry Regiment, 25th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, watch as CH- 47 Chinook helicopters circle above during a dust storm at Forward Operating Base Kushamond, Afghanistan on 17 July during preparation for an air assault mission.

According to The Washington Post and Reuters, US President Joe Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by September, missing a crucial May 1 deadline that was previously broken by the Trump administration.

Biden's removal of U.S. forces will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that triggered the nation's entry into what would become its longest war.

The announcement comes as Secretary of State Lloyd Austin and Secretary of Defense Antony Blinken meet with NATO partners in Brussels.

In February 2020, the Obama administration brokered a deal with the Taliban that would reduce a temporary ceasefire and usher in a smaller footprint by mid-july from about 13,000 troops to 8,600.

The deal would leave Afghanistan by May 2021, according to the deal. The majority of the troops in the country are from Europe and partners nations. There are currently about 2,500 Americans in Afghanistan.

Biden told reporters during his first press conference that he could not yet commit to the deadline of May 1.

It's going to be hard to meet the deadline on 1 May, Biden said.

He added it is not my intention to stay there for a long time, Biden said.

When asked if U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan another year, Biden said that he did not see that being the case. We will not leave, the question is when we leave, said the president, adding that his administration was in consultations with NATO allies and partners in the region.

According to a Defense Department report, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost U.S. taxpayers more than$ 1.57 billion globally since Sept. 11, 2001.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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