President Joe Biden will announce Wednesday that he is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, twenty years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The date is a few months later than the original May 1 deadline that was negotiated between the Trump administration and the Taliban last year, according to CBS News.
A senior administration official, who confirmed the news with CNN, said that its possible troops might leave the country “well before” September 11, but the date was the hard deadline.
Biden had previously stated that the May 1 deadline set by the Trump administration would most likely not be met.
“We are not staying for a long time. We will leave,” Biden said last month. “The question is when we leave.”
“The President has judged that a conditions-based approach, which is then the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever. And so, he has reached the conclusion that the United States will complete its drawdown, will remove its forces from Afghanistan before September 11,” the source told CNN.