NATO, US forces to coordinate for Afghanistan withdrawal

NATO, US forces to coordinate for Afghanistan withdrawal

U.S. President Joe Biden's top national security aides were consulting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Wednesday to coordinate the alliance's withdrawal from Afghanistan with the planned pullout of American troops by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

After reports on Biden's plan to keep U.S troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1st deadline, which the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Taliban, which was ousted from power in 2001 by US-led forces, said it would not take part in any summits that would make decisions about Afghanistan until all foreign forces had left the country.

He added "a reckless pullback like this" leaves the region vulnerable in the "fight against terrorists that we have not yet won".

"He's further, apparently, going to announce that the date for the withdrawal will be September 11". But ties between the Taliban and al-Qaeda elements persist.

Over the past year, USA military commanders and defense officials have said that attacks on US troops have largely paused but that Taliban attacks on the Afghans increased.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Republican is against the move. United States troops have been in Afghanistan for almost two decades following the 9/11 terrorist attacks committed by fundamentalist group al-Qaida.

But not all Republicans were with them.

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The U.S. previously set a deadline of May 1 to pull forces out of Afghanistan in an agreement with the Taliban negotiated under former President Donald Trump.

We want to hear from you. "That it's not kicking the can down the road", he said.

He's always been skeptical about the US presence in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Turkey announced Tuesday the Afghan meeting would go ahead on April 24, Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban political office, said in a tweet Tuesday that "until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland", the group would "not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan".

Britain and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have been in Afghanistan since 9/11, with around 1,000 troops now in the country as they prepare to hand over security to Afghan forces.

"There is no military solution to the problems plaguing Afghanistan, and we will focus our efforts on supporting the ongoing peace process", a senior administration official said. USA troop numbers in Afghanistan peaked at more than 100,000 in 2011. "I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan". That was when hijackers crashed passenger jets into the World Trade Center in New York City, the U.S. Defense Department outside of Washington and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "That's the minimum. I'm not sure we can do that without some presence there".

"The Taliban is clearly not abiding by all of its commitments under the February 29 agreement, and it's raising serious questions about the future of Afghan security and governance", he told a small group of reporters during a roundtable.

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