“Now, as a result of those efforts, as we end America’s longest war and withdraw the last of our troops from Afghanistan, Al Qaeda is heavily degraded there.” affirmed the Democratic president.
The war in Afghanistan, which began in October 2001, is the longest in US history.
The White House announced Thursday that US troops have already begun withdrawing from Afghanistan, explaining that the Pentagon has deployed additional forces in the region to deter any group from possible attacks.
Currently, there are about 3,500 US troops in Afghanistan, including 2,500 military personnel and 1,000 members of the special forces; while NATO maintains another 7,000 soldiers, coming from other Alliance countries and partners such as Georgia.
The Biden Administration anticipates that the return of troops will be completed before the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
However, the deadlines set by Biden contradict those established in the agreement reached last year by the Taliban and the Government of Donald Trump (2017-2021), which established the complete withdrawal of troops from the US and the rest of the countries of the United States. NATO before May 1.