US President Joe Biden Vows To Withdraw From Afghanistan By September 11

US President Joe Biden Vows To Withdraw From Afghanistan By September 11

"We're going to zero troops by September", the source emphasized.

"We've long known that military force would not solve Afghanistan's internal political challenges, would not end Afghanistan's internal conflicts, and so we are ending our military operations while we focus our efforts on supporting diplomatically the ongoing peace process", the official said.

Mr Biden had decided a hasty withdrawal that would put USA forces at risk was not a viable option, the official added.

The decision means that USA troops will remain in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline announced in December by then-President Donald Trump. "We will leave", Biden said last month.

According to the official, Biden was adamant that a hasty, ill-coordinated withdrawal that puts at risk U.S. forces and those of its allies and operational partners is not a viable option.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken recently said that the Americans were not only withdrawing from Afghanistan, but also with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies "when the time is right".

The Washington Post was the first to report Biden's impending announcement, which is expected Wednesday. It will stand behind the diplomatic process, and we will use our full toolkit to ensure the future that the Afghan people are seeking has the best chance of coming about.

The U.S. will help the roughly 7,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan pull out of the country under a principle of "in together, out together", the official said. The Netherlands and other member states are also contributing troops to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation missions in Afghanistan.

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Biden came to the decision after consultations with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and partners in Afghanistan, and after his administration completed a review that "did not sugarcoat the options or rely on best-case scenarios", the person said.

United States officials have also blamed the Taliban for failing to live up to commitments to reduce violence and some have warned about persistent Taliban links to al Qaeda.

With a firm deadline for departure, US officials are hopeful that the Taliban will not escalate attacks on USA bases and on Afghan security forces in coming months.

"To say I'm concerned is a vast understatement - this is a reckless and risky decision", said Sen.

Democratic Senator Jack Reed, chairman of Senate Armed Services, called it a very hard decision for Biden. "That does not mean we're turning away from Afghanistan".

Biden administration and Pentagon officials have signaled for months that they will not meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan. "We believe we certainly can complete that by September, and the question of how long before September depends on conditions as the drawdown unfolds". The roughly 3,500 troops could be airlifted out fairly quickly, but a rushed exit would pose force-protection challenges and necessitate destroying sensitive equipment or leaving it in the hands of the Afghan security forces.

United States intelligence also released a report that found that Afghanistan's government would "struggle" to stand its ground against the "confident" Taliban.

"Allies have been closely consulting on the way forward in Afghanistan for many months", a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official told AFP.

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