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US To Withdraw from Afghanistan
News Bytes 04/15/2021 69 Comments

September 11, 2021, will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America. President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan that day. The departure risks democracy, women’s rights, and governance improvements in Afghanistan. It also ensures that the Taliban, the same group that gave al-Qaida a safe haven, remains in control of large swaths of the country.

In a February 2020 agreement with President Donald Trump’s administration, the Taliban agreed to halt attacks and hold peace talks with the Afghan government. But Taliban leaders agreed to do so in exchange for a U.S. commitment to a complete withdrawal by May 1, 2021.

President Biden’s decision keeps U.S. troops in Afghanistan four months longer. However, it does set a firm end to two decades of war. The conflict largely crippled al-Qaida and led to the death of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the September 11 attacks. It also killed more than 2,200 U.S. troops, wounded 20,000, and cost as much as $1 trillion.

U.S. officials had argued against the May 1 deadline. They said the U.S. troop withdrawal should be based on security conditions in Afghanistan—including Taliban attacks and violence—not a certain date.

President Biden disagreed. Though he extended the date beyond that which the former president had set, he decided that a deadline had to be absolute, rather than based on conditions on the ground. “We’re committing today to going to zero” U.S. forces by September 11, and possibly before, he says.

The U.S. forces remaining in Afghanistan after May 1 will be those needed to protect diplomats there.

The decision to stay past the Trump deadline risks payback by the Taliban on U.S. and Afghan forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed says the Islamist religious militia is waiting for a formal announcement to issue its reaction. The Taliban previously warned the United States of “consequences” if it missed the May 1 deadline.

An intelligence community report issued Tuesday says prospects for a peace deal in Afghanistan are “low.” It warned that “the Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield.” If the coalition withdraws support, the report says, the Afghan government will struggle to control the Taliban.

Congressional reaction to the new deadline in the so-called “endless war” is mixed.

Senator Jim Inhofe, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, slams it as a “reckless and dangerous decision.”

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says troops should come home, and the U.S. must refocus American national security on more pressing challenges.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, also a Democrat, tweeted that the United States “has sacrificed too much to bring stability to Afghanistan to leave w/o verifiable assurances of a secure future.”

Over the past year, U.S. military commanders have noted that attacks on U.S. troops have largely paused—but that Taliban attacks on Afghans increased. Commanders have argued that the Taliban have failed to meet the conditions of the peace agreement by continuing attacks on the Afghans and failing to totally cut ties with al-Qaida and other extremist groups.

When President Biden entered the White House in January, he was aware of the deadline. He had time to meet it had he chosen to do so. But in recent weeks, it became clear he was leaning toward missing it.

“It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,” Biden said in March. “Just in terms of tactical reasons, it’s hard to get those troops out.” He added, “And if we leave, we’re going to do so in a safe and orderly way.”

(President Joe Biden speaks during a ceremony to honor slain U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans as he lies in honor at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

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1st comment

just wanted the podium.

1st Comment

Uh...wow. I don't know what to say. Withdrawing them is still going to leave Afghanistan in a bad position, and it lets the terrorists get together again to plan more attacks. Also it said that the ongoing war there cost "1 trillion" they make that sound like so much when they are spending way more than that just of relief bills that we really don't need!

@Sarah f

Lol I guess you got it while I was typing mine! XD

2nd Comment

I think Biden should have kept the deal Trump made because now he is risking another war.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..............ugh

today is my last day of x

today is my last day of x-grade !!

This could be good... Think

This could be good... Think of all the soldiers' families who haven't seen them for a long time. And at least the terrorists are mostly gone but then again things could turn pretty ugly if people leave Afghanistan. Side note: good grief people the Andante Wright (i dont remember how its spelled) killing was an accident! It seems quite clear that it was a mistake. Sorry if you disagree, this is my opinion.

Franz

x-grade??? whada you mean? and also, this soon? where do you live?

6th comment

*sighs* Does Joe Biden want consequences for the US? Seems like it’s going to happen even if he doesn’t!

10th comment

Seriously? How could 3 people comment in the space of 3 minutes?! Wow XD

hmmmm

hmmmm

Yeah, I doubt Biden's doing

Yeah, I doubt Biden's doing anything beneficial here...moving on! Lol.

this is mylee

I really don't know what to say... Also Franz school does not end till around may 27th.

@Micah D

I agree completely.

Twins S

Aww man, school ends in May for kids that go to Public School! I'm home schooled and we're not going to end until June! ( well I guess its probably from taking weeks off, and I think we may have started a little later than everyone else) but still!

I don't think that taking the

I don't think that taking the troops out is a very good idea, those terrorists are just gonna get back together and start attacking again.

School ends next month for us

School ends next month for us!! *yay*

@ everyone that doesn't believe me

I do home school we started in August

School

Good for you Franz! I am finished with some of my subjects, but the long one we will finish in June, like history and science. Yeah public school ends in may, but they start earlier and earlier each year, like mid August. But we can't do that because we are still busy with garden and farm work. (well I guess farm work never really ends!)

Wait a minute... are you

Wait a minute... are you telling me that your summer holidays are in a month or what??

@ Above

Yeah.......well 2 months for us.....

@ Micah

I'm pretty sure Franz was using roman numerals when he said what grade he finished.

Could be, or he was using "x"

Could be, or he was using "x" as not to say what grade he finished xP

Guys.....if you think about

Guys.....if you think about it.....Algebra is SO political!
I mean seriously.
It teaches you about canceling, equality, inequality, power, division,...etc.....
(I am totally joking if you didn't already know that xPPP)

@N&M.A

That is hilarious.

Hmm...

I don't what to say about this either. The only thing I know is that if Biden does do that then maybe my dad won't have to go over there and fight, but then what would happen to the people being attacked?? I don't know if this is such a good idea...
You guys may not believe it, but I'll be done with my school on Monday when I have my final test.
@ N&M that's funny! Lol

@N A

Good one XD

@ NA

Yeah........well 3 and a half months for us....
How is that even fair! :( We finish our year of school at the end of July! Then we get 6 weeks summer holiday and start at the beginning or middle of September! Btw, that algebra thing was funny!

Edit

School year, not year of school

@ Isabel

Wow that’s early! Good for you!

@ Mirela

The trick is to double up on either all your subjects or just one subject to get it done quicker. I'm not as lucky as one friend I know who ended school in March! She said that she had doubled up on all her school at once.

@N&MA

Thanks for the bad joke! I'll tell my brother that.

@N&MA

But the democrats favorite one is the Lie! (In math)

@ N&M. A

Lol! XD

@ Everyone

Will ya'll pray for my grandpa? He's had covid-19 for about a week and a half, and yesterday he was low on oxygen so they took him 2 the ER. He's in the hospital now. He has heart problems, so this is dangerous 4 him. Thanks!

@ Belwyn R

I will definitely pray for him! Let me know how he's doing and keep me updated please. You have my prays!
@ All does anyone else need any prayers?

@Above

@NA: Wow you are too funny!!! Maybe that is why I hate it and sooooo stink at it!! XD
@Belwyn: Yep sure will!
@Isabel: For my mom please.
@Mirela: WEll here in the states we do school differently. Like my cousins in Germany get out kinda like you do and have like one month break, but then they get off for like two weeks at a time a lot of other times in the school year for other holidays that Germany has. But here in the states, in public school they start about mid August and go through about mid May. With a Christmas break, spring break, and summer break, plus maybe some other small ones. And we homeschoolers just do whatever fits our schedule!!! XD

Lol xD

Lol xD

this is mylee

my cousins go to public school . start school around august 16 down here, some scools start the 23rd. and ends around May 27th 2 1/2 months so 104 days of summer vacation. 1 week vacay foe thanksgiving. Two week vacay for christmas/new years. One week vacay for spring break which is around st patricks day. And then you take of for a day for stuff like labor day presidents day MLKJ day memorial day etc. so you should get about 170-180 days of school.

@ Riley

She's on my prayer list ;)

this is mylee

ill pray too..

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

That was the biggest reason why I wanted to go to the marine core!!!!!!!!!

dang

Biden makin moves

@ARYELLE D

u wanted to patrol afganistan

@ARYELLE D

?

@Christian B

Yep! that was what I wanted to do

@Christian B

or one day Noth Korea, that was my dream,now it is ruined

My school is done on the 29th

My school is done on the 29th of April! Yay! But then we're gonna "Fun School" like math games.

@ All

Ok, I figured out what I think with this situation. I talked to my dad who's in the army and he said that we were helping the government by fighting against the terrorists attack but since Biden is taking them from Afghanistan, it doesn't really matter because the politicals there are too corrupted to make a difference. I think that it isn't good because who will now help the people being attacked by terrorists??

@ All

SO SORRY! I'm so sorry I didn't get back to all you considerate friends who prayed! Yes, he was in the hospital 4 a day and a half and then went home. He is good now and went to Arby's with his friends, so I think he's much better! :D Again, sorry I didn't get back to ya'll! I forgot I put this request on here!

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