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US troops ‘to leave Afghanistan by 11 September’ – President Joe Biden

US troops 'to leave Afghanistan by 11 September' - President Joe Biden

US troops ‘to leave Afghanistan by 11 September’

US President Joe Biden is set to announce that American troops will

leave Afghanistan by 11 September, officials have told US media.

The US would miss a May deadline for a pullout agreed with the

Taliban by the Trump administration last year.

The new deadline would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the

terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the US in 2001.

Mr Biden had previously said the 1 May deadline would be tough to meet.

US and Nato officials have said the Taliban have so far failed to live up

to commitments to reduce violence. They have been warned that if they

attack US troops during the pullout phase, they “will be met with a forceful

response”, a senior administration official who was briefing reporters on

the decision said.

US troops 'to leave Afghanistan by 11 September'
US troops ‘to leave Afghanistan by 11 September’

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Mr Biden is due to make the announcement himself on Wednesday.

The deal signed in February 2020 said the US and its Nato 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.

Although the Taliban, a hardline Islamist movement, stopped attacks on international

forces as part of the historic agreement, it has continued to fight the Afghan government.

There are fears that if foreign military forces withdraw before a lasting agreement

is reached, the Taliban might seize power. The US says it has some 2,500 troops still in Afghanistan.

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