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Biden to withdraw 2,500 remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021: White House Updated: 2021-04-14 07:01:38 KST

President Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th this year, exactly two decades after the al-Qaeda attacks on New York City and Washington that led to America's longest war.
The decision extends the May 1st deadline that was negotiated with the Taliban by the former Trump administration.
Explaining that President Biden will deliver remarks on his decision on Wednesday, the White House says he has a consistent view on the situation.

"But I will say that the president has been consistent in his view that there's not a military solution to Afghanistan, that we have been there for far too long. That has been his view for some time."

President Biden has been hinting for weeks that it would be difficult to reach the May 1st deadline set by his predecessor.
However, a Taliban statement last month threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops in Afghanistan if the May deadline was not met.
The Biden administration's decision comes as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are in Brussels to meet with NATO partners.
NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan in 2003 and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country.
There are still about 25-hundred American troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak of 100,plus in 2011.
Some 24-hundred U.S. service members have been killed in the conflict with thousands more wounded.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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