President Joe Biden of the US will withdraw US combat forces from Afghanistan by 11 September. This seems an end to the nation’s longest war and the decision will overrule the warnings from his military advisors which said that the withdrawal could provoke a renewal of the terrorist threats that sent thousands of armies into battle over the last 20 years.
As per the reports, the conflict in Afghanistan has led to the casualties of nearly 2,400 American troops. This has cost the country nearly $2 trillion. The Former President of the US Donald Trump, who lost to Biden in the November election last year, had given the withdrawal deadline for the US forces on May 1 this year– US will miss the date in few days.
Biden has issued an order on a policy he was in debate for long but never took action on until now. The date to execute the same is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on 29/11.
As per the statement given by Senator Tim Kaine, D-Virhasa, in 2001, the US went into Afghanistan to defeat the ones who were involved in the 9/11 incident. Presently the US government considers it appropriate to withdraw the troops to maintain diplomatic and humanitarian support for a partner nation. The same is necessary to focus on American national security on the most serious challenges faced by the country.
The decision regarding the withdrawal of the forces has been taken in a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The deadline is near with the slow preparation because the proceedings will be carried out safely and responsibly. Further, the US officials blame the Taliban government for not meeting up the commitments to curtail violence and there is a suspicion about lasting Taliban links to Al-Qaeda as well.
Senator James M Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has its take on the current preceding, as it is said that this is a reckless and dangerous decision. As per them, the immediate deadlines would leave the troops in danger, compromising all the growth made since then. It can even lead to civil war in Afghanistan, and will develop a breeding ground in relation to international terrorists.
On the other hand, the Afghan officials are of the opinion that Biden’s decision to restrain US corps in Afghanistan beyond the 1 May, as set in the preceding year’s stability deal, would enforce oppression on the government of Kabul to discharge the 7,000 Taliban criminals.
Contrary, the withdrawal would help Washington move ahead of the 9/11 fixation. Further counterterrorism is the most important foreign policy intention. Exiting the military corps from the country would help the US to devote enormous energy in dealing with Russia, China, and will also help on Biden’s domestic policy goals.