Biden to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a roadside bomb blast hits Afghan government employees transportation in the Sar-e Kotal area of PD-17th in Kabul

Multiple reports indicate that President Joe Biden will order all American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and instigated the War on Terror.

Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Many Republicans slammed the decision as premature, but other GOP lawmakers cheered USA troops finally coming home.

The Trump administration had set the pullout date for May 1.

The president decided that the deadline for withdrawal of U.S. forces had to be absolute, rather than provisional on conditions inside Afghanistan as the deadline neared, the senior administration official said.

"I find it ironic that, given the sacrifices we've made to move Afghanistan forward, prevent another 9/11, and ensure the enduring defeat of al Qaeda* and ISIS*, that on the 20th anniversary of the attack we're paving the way for another attack", he said.

Biden is expected to announce the decision Tuesday, according to CNN. It was first reported by The Washington Post.

The high level and inclusive conference between representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban is being co-convened by Turkey, Qatar, and the United Nations, according to a joint statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry. An exact number had yet to be decided. The Biden administration is reportedly making contact with several US allies in the region to coordinate a strategy to withdraw.

"My administration strongly supports the diplomatic process that's underway and to bring an end to this war that is closing out 20 years", Biden stated.

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It will also reignite political division over America's involvement in what many have called "the endless war". The official spoke shortly after U.S. intelligence released a threat assessment report warning that the embattled Afghan government "will struggle" to hold off the "confident" Taliban if the US-led coalition withdraws.

The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban past year.

The deal signed in February 2020 said the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies would withdraw all troops in 14 months if the Taliban upheld its promises, including not allowing al-Qaeda or other militants to operate in areas it controlled and proceeding with national peace talks.

Commanders have argued that the Taliban have failed to meet the conditions of the peace agreement by continuing attacks on the Afghans and failing to totally cut ties with al-Qaeda and other extremist groups.

Biden had previously warned that it would be "tough" to meet the deadline, citing the delay in the presidential transition process after the 2020 election.

He began a review of the February 2020 agreement shortly after taking office, and has been consulting at length with his defence and military advisers as well as allies.

In recent weeks, it became increasingly clear that he was leaning toward defying the deadline.

Senator Tim Kaine, an ally of Mr Biden, said the USA accomplished a primary goal 10 years ago by killing Osama bin Laden and that it was time to "refocus American national security on the most pressing challenges we face". "Just in terms of tactical reasons, it's hard to get those troops out".

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