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Afghanistan: Biden withdraws US troops by September 11th - Bundeswehr could also leave the country

2021-04-15T09:59:18.345Z

Joe Biden has announced that US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th. NATO is following the example, and AKK is also announcing plans.



Joe Biden has announced that US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th.

NATO is following the example, and AKK is also announcing plans.

Update from April 15, 6.55 a.m.:

According to President Joe Biden, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan should begin in two weeks (May 1).

By September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, all units are said to have left the country.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) has now announced her plans to withdraw the Bundeswehr from Afghanistan by mid-August.

The defense minister said on Wednesday in a telephone briefing of the specialist politicians of all parliamentary groups about the withdrawal plans, as the German press agency learned from several participants.

In Brussels, after consultations with the foreign and defense ministers of its member states, NATO announced that the alliance would initiate the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan by May 1st.

Joe Biden and Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone conversation on close coordination on the withdrawal of troops.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert also said they wanted to continue their political commitment to Afghanistan.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said in the ARD “Tagesthemen” that the decision to jointly withdraw troops had been supported by the 30 NATO allies.

Afghanistan: Joe Biden wants US withdrawal by September 11th - NATO troops are also leaving the country

Update from April 14th, 9.45pm:

US President Joe Biden sees the original mission of the United States in Afghanistan as "completed".

At the official announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from the country, Biden said that after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it had been ensured that Afghanistan would not be the starting point for attacks against the US again.

"We have achieved this goal."

Update from April 14, 9:13 p.m.:

NATO has officially announced its complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

A joint resolution by the foreign and defense ministers of the 30 NATO countries provides for the troop withdrawal to begin on May 1 “in an orderly, coordinated and deliberate manner”.

The plan is therefore to withdraw all NATO soldiers from Afghanistan “within a few months”.

Afghanistan: NATO troops are also completely withdrawn from the country

Update from April 14, 8:16 p.m.:

After the USA, NATO will apparently also initiate the end of its mission in Afghanistan.

According to information from the dpa, the Allies have decided to start withdrawing troops.

NATO decided to do this at a video conference on Wednesday evening between the foreign and defense ministers of the 30 member states.

Update from April 14, 7:01 p.m.:

The decision of US President Joe Biden to postpone the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan to September has met with heavy criticism.

Russia fears an increased risk of the conflict in the region escalating.

A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the United States of violating an agreement with the Taliban.

According to

Tass

,

Ministry spokeswoman Maria Sakharova

said the US had previously agreed with the Taliban to carry out the full withdrawal of troops by May 1.

Postponing the withdrawal could escalate the armed conflict.

According to the spokeswoman, this jeopardizes possible talks in Afghanistan on a peace agreement.

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11th: Joe Biden comments

Update from April 14th, 4:45 p.m.:

Joe Biden is strongly promoting the announced unconditional withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

It's time to end America's longest war, ”said the US President on Wednesday, according to

dpa,

after previously published excerpts from a speech.

"It is time for the American troops to come home." 

One cannot wait for the "ideal conditions" for a withdrawal.

"Although we will no longer be militarily involved in Afghanistan, our diplomatic and humanitarian work will continue," said the Democrat, according to the excerpts.

The US would continue to support the Afghan government, the security forces and the peace negotiations with the militant Islamist Taliban.

Biden wanted to officially announce the decision in the White House on Wednesday afternoon (8:15 p.m. CEST).

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11th: Joe Biden announces plans

First report from April 14th, 11.10 a.m .:

Washington, DC - US President Joe Biden * wants to completely withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 at the latest - around four and a half months later than his predecessor Donald Trump * was aiming for.

A US government official named the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Tuesday as the final point of the withdrawal.

Trump had already promised the radical Islamic Taliban a troop withdrawal on May 1 *.

Biden's government officials have now said that an orderly withdrawal of the US soldiers remaining in Afghanistan will be initiated before May 1.

The withdrawal should be completed by September 11th.

The procedure will be "coordinated" with the NATO partners.

There are "no conditions" for the withdrawal, said the government representative.

Making a withdrawal of prerequisites, as has been done in the past, would ultimately lead to the US staying “forever” in Afghanistan *.

Biden is sending a clear signal in which direction his politics will move.

The President apparently sees no further benefit in leaving American troops positioned in Afghanistan.

Joe Biden wants the US to take care of the major domestic challenges *, but "the reality is that the United States also has major strategic interests in the world," a person familiar with the deliberations told the

Washington Post

continues.

“Like an increasingly aggressive and assertive Russia *;

like North Korea and Iran, whose nuclear programs pose a threat to the United States ”.

Hence, "Afghanistan just isn't up to the level of these other threats right now," the person said.

Afghanistan mission: Taliban are threatening renewed attacks if troops do not withdraw

Biden had already warned against ambitious goals in Afghanistan during his time as Barack Obama's Vice President (2009 to 2017).

The Trump administration had promised the Islamists a troop withdrawal by May 1.

The prerequisites were resilient security guarantees from the Taliban, such as breaking ties with the al-Qaeda terrorist network, and peace talks with the Afghan government.

The Taliban also stopped their attacks on Western soldiers.

However, the Taliban have threatened new attacks on Western troops if the May 1st withdrawal date is not adhered to.

The US government representative has now warned that the Taliban had been made unmistakably clear that any attack on US or allied troops would result in a “hard” response.

The United States invaded Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In the meantime, around 100,000 US soldiers were deployed in the Hindu Kush.

According to official information, there are currently around 2,500 US soldiers.

The Bundeswehr is participating with around 1,100 soldiers in the NATO-led operation in the civil war country.

Many observers fear new chaos in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of western troops.

The peace talks between the government in Kabul and the Taliban have so far not been successful.

President Biden wants to give a speech on the planned troop withdrawal * on Wednesday.

Kramp-Karrenbauer expects a NATO decision to withdraw from Afghanistan on Wednesday

After the US government announced the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Federal Defense Minister * Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU *) expects NATO to follow suit.

"We always said: we go in together, we go out together," she said on Wednesday in the ARD morning magazine.

"I stand for an orderly withdrawal and that's why I assume that we will decide this today." A special meeting of NATO defense and foreign ministers is scheduled for the afternoon.

It is now about "that we synchronize our plans in NATO with the plans of the USA," said Kramp-Karrenbauer in the ARD.

She did not comment on a specific date for the withdrawal of the last German soldiers from Afghanistan.

US secret service warns of troop withdrawal: prospects for a peace agreement are "low"

The US secret services recently warned in a report against the withdrawal of troops that the prospects for a peace agreement within a year were "slim".

“The Taliban are likely to make further gains on the battlefield and the Afghan government will struggle to keep the Taliban at bay if the coalition (the Western military alliance) withdraws support.

The Taliban are “confident” that they can achieve a “military victory”, according to the US report on the global threat.

The Afghan armed forces would repeatedly suffer military setbacks.

Turkey announced on Tuesday peace talks for Afghanistan, which will take place in Istanbul from April 24 to May 4.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that the conference should “accelerate and supplement” the intra-Afghan negotiations.

The aim is a "just and lasting political solution" for Afghanistan.

However, the Taliban want to boycott the meeting in Istanbul.

"Until all foreign troops have completely withdrawn from our homeland, we are not ready to take part in any conference at which decisions about Afghanistan are to be made," said Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Tuesday via Twitter.

(dp / afp) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

Source: merkur

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