Joe Biden risks new Afghanistan bloodshed by vowing to withdraw US troops by 9/11 – four months after Taliban deadline
JOE Biden is risking fresh bloodshed in Afghanistan by vowing to withdraw all US troops by 9/11, top army officers have warned.
The President yesterday announced that he will withdraw all 2,500 American troops on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from the Middle Eastern country.
But the September 11 date is four months after the May date of complete withdrawal which was struck as part of peace talks in February with the Trump administration and the Taliban.
Postponing the US withdrawalfor four months could risk of the Taliban resuming attacks on US and coalition forces,
Former and serving officers in the US military are warning the Taliban is in a position of relative strength and the Afghan government in a fragile state, would risk losing what has been gained in 20 years of fighting.
A bipartisan experts group known as the Afghan Study Group has concluded: "A withdrawal would not only leave America more vulnerable to terrorist threats.
"It would also have catastrophic effects in Afghanistan and the region that would not be in the interest of any of the key actors, including the Taliban,"
The group, whose co-chair, retired General Joseph Dunford, is a former commander of US forces in Afghanistan and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recommended Biden extend a March deadline imposed by the Taliban.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were meeting senior officials from the alliances 30 members today to discuss Nato’s future presence in Afghanistan in light of the announcement.
Blinken said: "Together, we went into Afghanistan to deal with those who attacked us and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us, Blinken said. And together, we have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve.
"And now it is time to bring our forces home.
"We will work very closely together in the weeks and months ahead on a safe, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan."
This is a developing story…
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