The White House announced that President Joe Biden himself will announce the decision Wednesday, thus announcing the end of the US presence in Afghanistan.
According to a high-ranking Biden employee, the president came to the conclusion that the United States had a chance to implement a troop withdrawal by this fall. In this case, it will be the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
But as the forces withdraw, there is a warning to the Taliban of a “robust response” to potential attacks.
Immediately after the Washington DC announcement, information came that the NATO military and foreign ministers would hold a video conference on Wednesday on the issue of Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will participate in a video conference with NATO President Jens Stoltenberg.
– A senior NATO official told AFP that the allies had been in close contact about the way forward in Afghanistan for several months.
Consequently, the United States will have troops in Afghanistan after the endpoint, May 1, decided by former President Donald Trump. The United States has between 2,500 and 3,000 troops in Afghanistan. These are part of NATO’s operations in the country, where a total of 9,600 foreign soldiers are stationed.
And warnings were raised that the withdrawal of troops could exacerbate the already fragile situation in the country, as the cycle of violence escalated during negotiations between the government in Kabul and the Taliban over a peace plan.
The Swedish Afghanistan Committee sees seriousness in the US decision:
“If you fail to achieve a ceasefire and a political solution, the American withdrawal in September could escalate the conflict further,” wrote Andreas Stefansson, Secretary General of the Swedish Commission for Afghanistan.
The British are leaving, too
Britain will withdraw nearly all of its forces from Afghanistan, after the United States announced the withdrawal before 9/11, according to reports times.
Britain has made plans to hand over the training facility in Kabul, where British forces will help train Afghan soldiers.
Today, there are around 750 British soldiers in the country, largely dependent on American support.