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Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan from May 1: ‘Time to end America’s longest war’

Joe Biden

US troops, as well as forces deployed by our NATO allies and operational partners will be out of Afghanistan before we mark the 20th anniversary of the heinous attack on September 11 but we will not take our eyes off the terrorist threat in Afghanistan or elsewhere across the globe.I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan.

Joe Biden

Washington DC [US], April 15: US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on May 1 and will complete its pullout ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“The United States will begin our final withdrawal beginning on May 1 this year,” Biden said as he delivered his remarks on the “Way Forward in Afghanistan.

“US troops, as well as forces deployed by our NATO allies and operational partners will be out of Afghanistan before we mark the 20th anniversary of the heinous attack on September 11 but we will not take our eyes off the terrorist threat in Afghanistan or elsewhere across the globe, he added.

“I’ve concluded it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home,” Biden said.
“We will not conduct a hasty rush to the exit. We’ll do it responsibly, deliberately and safely. And we will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners, who now have more forces in Afghanistan than we do. The Taliban should know, that if they attack us as we draw down, we will defend ourselves and our partners with all the tools at our disposal,” he said.

US troops, as well as forces deployed by the NATO allies and operational partners, will be out of Afghanistan on Sept. 11.

He further said that he will ask other countries to step up support for Afghanistan.

“Will ask other countries in the region, especially Pakistan, but also Russia, China, India and Turkey, to step up support for Afghanistan,” he added.

“I’m now the fourth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth,” Biden said today from the Roosevelt Room. “I’ve concluded it’s time to end America’s longest war. It’s time for American troops to come home,” Biden said.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have rejected the United States’ plan to restore peace in Afghanistan as well as the proposed six-month delay in the withdrawal of the American troops.

Taliban’s spokesperson Mohammad Naeem Wardak on Tuesday had said that the movement would refrain from taking part in any conference until foreign military presence in Afghanistan is ended.

“Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, the Islamic Emirate will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan,” Wardak tweeted.

The President also thanked those in the armed forces for their service, saying, “I have witnessed their bravery firsthand during my visits to Afghanistan. They have never wavered in their resolve.”

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