From the White House website:

www.whitehouse.gov/…

After a rigorous policy review, President Biden has decided to draw down the remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan and finally end the U.S. war there after 20 years.  We will begin an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces before May 1st and plan to have all U.S. troops out of the country before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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We went to Afghanistan to deliver justice to those who attacked us on September 11th and to disrupt terrorists seeking to use Afghanistan as a safe haven to attack the United States.  We believe we achieved that objective some years ago.

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The President made the determination and is announcing tomorrow that the best path forward to advance American interests is to end the war in Afghanistan after 20 years so that we can address the global threat picture as it exists today, not as it was two decades ago.

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At this point, we have discussed the drawdown with our NATO Allies and operational partners.  We will remain in lockstep with them as we undergo this operation.  We went in together, adjusted together, and now we will prepare to leave together.

After the announcement there was Q & A with the press:

is it a hard commitment to get to zero?  

Yes.  This is not conditions-based.

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Is the September deadline instead of a sooner because helping NATO troops get out?  

The answer is “yes” to the question about NATO forces. 

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin are due in Brussels tomorrow to consult with NATO allies and partners.

www.state.gov/…

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