US troops out of Afghan by September 11
President Biden will remove all US troops from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks this year. The removal of troops will end America’s longest war around five months later than planned, a US official said.
Biden has “reached the conclusion that the United States will complete its drawdown – will remove its forces from Afghanistan – before September 11,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
President Biden is set to make an announcement Wednesday that all US forces, in coordination with those of Western allies, will leave other than limited personnel to guard US diplomatic installations, the official added.
Logistics to get out
The withdrawal will begin in May and that the delay was largely logistic, with troops possibly out of Afghan well before September 11.
The Biden official warned the Taliban of a “forceful response” if they strike US troops on the way out.
“We have communicated to the Taliban in no uncertain terms that is they do conduct attacks against US or allied forces as we carry out this drawdown,” he said, “that we will hit back hard.”