US Minister of Foreign Affairs in Kabul for Troop Withdrawal
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Afghanistan for talks about the withdrawal of the troops.
He presented plans to the Afghan government to withdraw all US military personnel from May to September 11. Forces of foreign partners in the military intervention in the country will also leave.
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday. Blinken will explain this to Bidens Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani. The minister also meets other Afghan government officials and American soldiers. The withdrawal was actually on the agenda before May 1, based on Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump’s agreements.
The extremist Taliban are demanding that the US adhere to that deadline and threaten to attack if the Americans are still there after May 1.
The withdrawal is now only completed on September 11. It will then be precisely twenty years ago that al-Qaeda terrorists carried out attacks in the US with hijacked planes. The Americans wanted to punish the leaders of al-Qaeda. And they sat in Afghanistan as guests and financiers of the Taliban’s reign of terror. The US claimed to have invaded the country to combat terrorism and put the Taliban to flight.
However, the battle continued to grow and became the longest war in US history. Trump wanted to call it a day and made no consultation with the Afghan government in February last year with the Taliban. Since then, they have practically stopped attacking foreign troops.
The Afghan government is not happy with the allies’ retreat but says that the government forces will soon be able to cope with it on their own. Ashraf Ghani spoke of “the proud security and defence forces fully capable of protecting the country and its people, something they have always done”.