It's time to end American's longest war.
That's what the U.S. President Joe Biden said while announcing the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, at the Treaty Room in the White House, where the U.S. had announced its strikes on terrorist training camps in Afghanistan back in 2001.
All American forces - now numbering 2-thousand 5-hundred - will be pulled out by September 11th this year, marking the 20th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington that killed thousands of civilians.
"war in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multigenerational undertaking. We were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida is degraded in Iraq in Afghanistan. And it's time to end the forever war."
The drawdown will begin rather than be concluded by May 1st, the original deadline set by Trump administration after negotiations with the Taliban last year.
In response to Taliban threats for not meeting the original deadline, Biden warned there would be action taken if attacks were ever made.
Foreign troops under NATO command will also withdraw from Afghanistan pledging to mirror American plans to start removing troops in May.
Saying the decision was tough due to the risks entailed, the NATO Secretary-General emphasized diplomatic and humanitarian efforts would continue in Afghanistan.
"This is not the end of our relationship with the Afghanistan, but rather the start of the new chapter. NATO allies and partners will continue to stand with Afghan people, but it's now for the Afghan people to build the sustainable peace."
NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan in 2003 and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.