US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said that it was time to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan. Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops out of war-torn Afghanistan by September 11 this year.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it is time to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan, a responsibility which he does not want to pass on to his successor.
Biden is the fourth US president to preside over the war in Afghanistan, which began in 2001, soon after Al Qaeda terrorists based in Afghanistan attacked the twin-towers in New York.
In his speech to the nation, Biden, observing that the US went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago, said that he “cannot explain” why the US should remain there in 2021.
“Rather than return to war with the Taliban, we have to focus on the challenges that will determine our standing and reach today and into the years to come,” Biden said.
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A day earlier, the White House said that Biden has decided to withdraw all American troops out of war-torn Afghanistan by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” Biden said.
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.
“After consulting closely with our Allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence professionals, with our diplomats and development experts, and with Congress and the Vice President, I have concluded that: It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home,” the President said.
He said that America will “not conduct a hasty rush to the exit.”
While the US will not stay involved in Afghanistan militarily, its diplomatic and humanitarian work will continue America will continue to support the Government of Afghanistan, he said.
“We will support peace talks between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, facilitated by the United Nations,” Biden said.
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Biden’s timeline for the drawdown coincides with the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that triggered America’s invasion of the war-ravaged country. The high-stakes foreign policy decision marks what the administration hopes will be the end of a conflict that has cost the lives of around 2,300 U.S. troops and wounded thousands more — and raises questions about the future of the massive international reconstruction effort. It’s estimated that more than 100,000 Afghans have also died or been wounded during the war.
The Biden administration shared the president’s decision with NATO allies this week, and other troops serving from allied countries in Afghanistan will also withdraw, a senior administration official said Tuesday. NATO has about 7,000 non-American forces in the country, according to the alliance.
In addition to NATO, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that senior administration officials had reached out to about 50 members of Congress, 44 countries, the European Union and the Union Nations regarding Biden’s decision. Biden also spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the White House.