Friday, July 2nd, 2021
New date in August
USA accelerates withdrawal from Afghanistan
US President Joe Biden wanted to withdraw all US soldiers from Afghanistan by September 11th at the latest. Now the trigger should be perfect even sooner. Recently there had been speculation about the date.
The US will complete its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of August, according to the White House. “We expect it to be completed by the end of August,” said President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Biden had originally announced that all US soldiers would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th – the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001 – at the latest. Recently, however, there has been speculation that the mission could end much faster.
The 4th of July, the independence day of the USA, was even mentioned. These assumptions were reinforced by the confirmed withdrawal of the last US and NATO soldiers from the main military base in Bagram.
When asked whether the troop withdrawal would be completed in the coming days, Biden answered “no” on Friday. His spokeswoman now named the end of August as the target date. The last Bundeswehr soldiers left the civil war country on Tuesday.