Officials report that President Biden has decided to withdraw the last batch of US troops from Afghanistan on September 11 this year. That day was the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, which prompted the United States to lead the invasion of Afghanistan.
Senior US government officials said that the evacuation was unconditional. “The President insisted that the United States has been destined to stay in Afghanistan forever after adopting a condition-based withdrawal strategy for the past two decades.”
The official said that there is no “military solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan. By the way, after September 11, Americans will remain in the area with “considerable resources” to fight terrorism.
US Foreign and Defense Secretary Anthony Brinken and Lloyd Austin may announce this decision to NATO allies in Brussels tomorrow. Biden can also make a statement himself.
Deadline not reached
In January, Deputy Defense Minister Miller said that the last group of troops was originally scheduled to be withdrawn in May this year. The previous administration, Donald Trump (Donald Trump) reached an agreement with the Taliban, but did not notify the allies in advance. Last month, the Taliban threatened that if Americans did not leave before May 1, violence would occur.
Currently, about 2,500 American soldiers are stationed in Afghanistan. The peak occurred in 2011, when there were about 100,000 American military personnel in the country. Since the beginning of the war, about 2,400 American soldiers have been killed and thousands injured.
The Netherlands is actually sending more soldiers
The Netherlands and other member states have also sent troops to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan.The Netherlands is about to send 80 soldiers to Afghanistan to participate in NATO’s resolute support. The outgoing ministers Blok (foreign affairs) and Biefred (defense) confirmed today Letter to the House of Representatives.
These are infantry soldiers, dispatched at the request of Allied Germany due to the increased threat of the Taliban. The House of Representatives will be informed of this decision in the so-called Article 100 letter shortly, and a debate will take place thereafter.