Biden to withdraw all United States troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Biden has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new goal for removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan a U.S. official said Tuesday

Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Biden is planning to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan and will complete the pullout by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the United States' longest war, according to a person familiar with the decision.

"We have long known that there is no military solution to the problems plaguing Afghanistan", a senior administration official said on Tuesday ahead of the announcement, adding that the drawdown would come "no later than 9/11 but potentially a meaningful amount of time before then".

According to the Washington Post, Biden will announce the move on Wednesday.

Biden's decision, should it be confirmed, would miss a May 1 deadline for withdrawal agreed with Taliban insurgents by his predecessor Donald Trump's administration.

The decision on a deadline to remove the final 2,500 US forces would finally put an end to the war - amid questions about how much stability and security the USA would leave behind amid a fragile government that the military has helped prop up in Kabul. The Taliban has vowed to renew attacks on the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if foreign troops are not out by the deadline.

The Washington Post was first to report the news.

Sources told CNN that Biden had been weighing the decision for months and indicated he did not want to keep troops in Afghanistan much longer past May 1.

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

Biden had previously hinted that the US was considering delaying the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

'Just in terms of tactical reasons, hard to get those troops out, ' Biden said, when asked about his plans. "The question is when we leave".

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