Afghan officials strongly criticized the U.S. military’s plan to withdraw from their country unconditionally. It is expected that President Biden will officially announce the withdrawal later today, ending the decades-long mission.
The Afghan government’s peace negotiator, who asked not to be named, said: “This is the most irresponsible and selfish thing the United States can do to its Afghan partners.” The Afghan negotiator said that this may be the end of the Washington war, but Afghan partners will pay the price for this.
He said: “They could have ended this more responsibly, but they needed more patience,”
After the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, the United States invaded Afghanistan and overthrew the Taliban regime. This is the longest war in Washington’s history. Senior US administrative officials told reporters that Biden had decided to withdraw US troops from the country on September 11, 20 years after the US invasion.
Sima Samar, the former head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, said the unconditional withdrawal of troops was unfortunate.
Samal said: “Withdrawal should be conditional and responsible.” He added that people must learn from the past, obviously referring to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, which triggered a devastating civil war. .
There are now about 10,000 troops from NATO and Afghan partner countries. They provide support for democratically elected governments by training and advising security forces against Islamic extremists such as the Taliban.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump reached an agreement with the Taliban last year, agreeing to withdraw all U.S. and international forces from Afghanistan by May 1. In return, the Taliban vowed to sever ties with Al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations and participate in peace negotiations within Afghanistan.
However, the peace talks have reached a deadlock, so although the May deadline is approaching, no decision has been made on the status of the international force. The Taliban threatened that if U.S. troops did not withdraw before May 1, they would carry out retaliatory attacks. The organization also stated that it will not participate in any international peace mediation conferences until the evacuation is completed.