"The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever", the official said, calling for a shifting of USA priorities. "After 20 years, thousands of lives lost, and trillions of dollars spent, we are finally bringing home our troops from Afghanistan", Khanna said in a statement.
The President is deeply grateful for the honour, courage and determination of the US' men and women who served in Afghanistan for nearly two decades, as well as the sacrifices made not just by those troops, but also by their families, a senior Biden administration official told reporters during a conference call. The timetable misses a May 1 deadline that Trump had set for withdrawal, but still means that most United States troops will leave the country in the coming months.
The withdrawal will not be conditions-based, the official said, as Biden has deemed such an approach "a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever".
The official warned the Taliban of a "forceful response" if they strike USA troops on the way out.
Biden's decision came just as Turkey announced the dates of a peace conference on Afghanistan that would bring together the government, the Taliban and worldwide partners - though, again, would include few women.
Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts to arrive at an intra-Afghan settlement are under way.
The Post notes that roughly 3,500 troops are in the area.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are expected to discuss the decision with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels on Wednesday, sources said.
The US has some 2,500 troops in the country as part of a 9,600-strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission.
While al-Qaida is not now believed to pose an external threat to the US, the official said, the country will reposition its counterterrorism assets in the region to monitor and disrupt any potential threats to the homeland.
"It is an act of extraordinary political courage and vision".
"To say I'm concerned is a vast understatement - this is a reckless and unsafe decision", said Sen.
Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the move a "a reckless and unsafe decision" and urged the administration to reconsider.
Biden's decision suggests he has concluded that the US military presence will no longer be decisive in achieving a lasting peace in Afghanistan, a core Pentagon assumption that has long underpinned American troop deployments there.
The date is beyond the original May 1 deadline that had been negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration.
"And if we leave, we're going to do so in a safe and orderly way", he added.
United States intelligence also released a report that found that Afghanistan's government would "struggle" to stand its ground against the "confident" Taliban.