By: SEAN HANRAHAN
President Joe Biden has announced that the United States willfully withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. Biden’s plan is a continuation of former President Trump’s decision to pull out troops from the Middle East.
All 2,500 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will be withdrawn from the country before the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Former U.S. President Donald Trump was the first President throughout the 21st century Middle East conflict to decide to withdraw troops from the region. He had planned to entirely remove the soldiers by May 1 of this year. However, President Biden is extending that deadline by several months, but will still pursue the main goal. Biden has had a mixed history on the presence of troops in the Middle East, voting for U.S. entry into the Iraq War in 2002 but in more recent times supporting the withdrawal of soldiers.
“The President has judged that a conditions-based approach, which is then the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever. And so he has concluded that the United States will complete its drawdown, will remove its forces from Afghanistan before September 11,” a Senior Biden Administration Official told the press today. If all goes as planned, the longest war in American history will be officially ended 20 years after it started. Some, however, considered the war over during the Trump Administration, but others say the conflict in the Middle East will never be completely ended.