Sources say the US will not meet the May 1 deadline that the Trump and Taliban administrations have agreed to.
US President Joe Biden will leave US troops in Afghanistan past the May 1 deadline but will withdraw on September 11, sources told AP and Reuters news agencies.
The new withdrawal date is the 20th anniversary of al-Qaeda’s attacks on the United States, who started the war in Afghanistan. The Washington Post and New York Times also reported on Biden’s revised withdrawal date.
Biden was signaling If so he would have the potential to miss May 1 deadline negotiated by the Donald Trump and Taliban administrations as it is clear that the withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops will be hard and potentially unsafe.
US officials also blamed the Taliban for not complying with commitments to reduce violence and some warnings about the Taliban’s persistent ties with al-Qaeda.
In one declare Last month, the Taliban threatened to resume hostile actions against foreign troops in Afghanistan if they did not meet the 1/5 deadline.
But it will still set a short date for the withdrawal, potentially allowing the Taliban’s fears that Biden will prolong the process.
The final withdrawal will be based on a number of guarantees regarding security and human rights, the sources told Reuters, on condition of anonymity before formalizing the decision. Sources did not provide further details.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are hope to announce the decision to NATO allies in Brussels on Wednesday. Biden may also be able to publicly announce its decision, the sources said.
Turkey on Tuesday announced it would hold a meeting in Afghanistan from April 24 to May 4 to begin its effort to end the war and work together to come up with a viable political settlement.
The United Nations and Qatar were present at the event, and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the Afghan and Taliban governments would be in attendance, but the Taliban said it was not committed to those days.
On Monday, the Taliban withdrew from an April 16 conference to be held in Istanbul.