President Joe Biden will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan in the coming months and the process will be ready in September, according to an official source who spoke with the Washington Post.
The withdrawal of American troops had been announced by former President Donald Trump in November. However, the Democrats have delayed the decision.
That withdrawal plan without conditions and coordinated with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which the Biden-Harris administration would formally announce this Wednesday, implies that the White House will not fulfill the commitment of its predecessor, Donald Trump, to remove all American military from the country by next May 1.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller explained in November, when Trump made the announcement, that the decision reflects the president’s policy to “bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a successful and responsible conclusion, and return our brave soldiers home.”
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also announced, during a meeting with the German Defense Secretary on Tuesday, that the country will increase its military contingent in Germany by 500 soldiers and that this “underscores Washington’s commitment” to the country and to NATO.
Similarly, Trump had announced last June his intention to reduce the number of American troops in Germany. This because he considered defense spending by Berlin unnecessary and argued that the U.S. should not pay for it.
Biden’s strategy with Afghanistan’s troops
However, the official, whose name was not disclosed, maintained that steps would be taken so that by September the withdrawal would supposedly be ready.
“By May 1, we will begin an orderly withdrawal of the forces still there, and we plan to have all U.S. troops out of the country by the 20th anniversary of 9/11, which is in September,” a senior U.S. official said Tuesday in a call reported by the Washington Post.
Currently, there are at least 3,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, including 2,500 military and 1,000 special forces personnel, according to EFE.