US President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before September 11th. This would mark the end of the longest war in the United States, 20 years after the terrorist attacks that sparked it.
The decision, which was confirmed by senior government officials in Biden on Tuesday, comes after months of stalled peace talks with the Afghan government and the Taliban. It extends a withdrawal period, first negotiated under former US President Donald Trump, to withdraw all US troops by May 1.
According to a high-ranking official of the Biden administration, the deadline for the withdrawal is set in stone on condition of anonymity and is not subject to further changes due to the conditions on site.
“This is not conditional. The president has judged that a conditions-based approach that has been the approach for the past two decades is a recipe for perpetual residence in Afghanistan, “the official said.
“President Biden will give our military commanders the time and space they need to conduct a safe and orderly withdrawal of not only US forces but also Allied forces on a ‘together, together’ basis,” the official added . “We’re going to take the time it takes to do this – and no more time than that.”
The announcement of a final for Afghanistan comes as the country struggles to plan its post-war future. A conference in Istanbul to help shape the peace process in Afghanistan – and which is scheduled to begin this week – has now been postponed after the Taliban boycotted the summit. Taliban attacks on Afghan forces and civilians have increased over the past year, insurgents refuse to recognize the government in Kabul, and few parties are satisfied with the Biden government’s proposal for a transitional government to bring the Taliban back to power could.
Senior Biden government official said Washington had warned the Taliban not to attack US or Allied forces while the withdrawal is in progress. “We have no doubt told the Taliban that if they launch attacks against US or Allied forces during this drawdown, we will hit back hard and hold them accountable.Said the officer.
A senior Afghan diplomat, who spoke to foreign policy on condition of anonymity, said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to inform him of the decision on Tuesday. A follow-up call from Biden is expected tomorrow.
The war in Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,300 US soldiers and tens of thousands of Afghan civilians over the course of 20 years, became a defining feature of US foreign policy and a costly legacy of the “war on terror” that began under the administration of George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
Successive administrations that respond to the exhaustion of the public with the so-called “Forever War ”have failed to keep their election promises to withdraw from Afghanistan after two decades of conflict and tens of billions of dollars in military spending and nation-building projects.
But the Biden government had long signaled that it was ready to pull the plug, despite concerns from military officials and some members of the Afghan government who fear that this will lead to a takeover of the country by the Taliban and crushing the fragile democracies Institutions of Afghanistan and economic development. and human rights.
Some U.S. lawmakers were quick to hail the president’s decision as overdue, while others warned that such a move could pave the way for a resurgence of terrorist groups, much like the rise of Islamic State after U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq that year 2011.
“The Biden administration’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan repeats the mistakes of President Obama’s 2011 withdrawal from Iraq.” Republican MP Mike Waltz, a former green beret who served in Afghanistan before running for Congress, said in a statement. “The intelligence services have made it clear that al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations will grow in the coming vacuum and continue to intend to attack the United States and our allies.”
The Biden government believes it can keep any terrorist threat at bay without a significant troop presence.
“We believe we have considerable military and intelligence capabilities to disrupt the broader ability of al-Qaeda to successfully restore an ongoing homeland threat to the United States, and we will use those capabilities,” said the senior administrator.