On Wednesday US President Joe Biden announced that all United States troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan before 11 September 2021, ending the longest war in American history.
Speaking from the White House, Biden said, “The United States will begin our final withdrawal on May 1 of this year. U.S. 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 that heinous attack on September 11th.”
Biden said that 2488 US military personnel were killed and 20 722 have been wounded in the prolonged war.
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result.”
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats,” he said. “I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”
The US military onslaught in Afghanistan began in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.
“A horrific attack 20 years ago… cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021,” he said. “It’s time to end the forever war.”