Updated 9:48 AM ET, Fri April 16, 2021
President Joe Biden has formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that led the United States into its longest war.
“I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats,” Biden said in his remarks. “I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”
Biden spoke from the same spot in the White House Treaty Room where President George W. Bush announced the start of the war on October 7, 2001.
Biden said diplomatic and humanitarian efforts would continue in Afghanistan and that the US would support peace efforts between the Afghan government and the Taliban. But he has determined that a war that has killed some 2,300 troops and cost more than $2 trillion no longer fit within the pressing foreign policy concerns of 2021.
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