Withdrawing all USA troops comes with clear risks.
A senior administration official said the September withdrawal date was an absolute deadline that won't be affected by security conditions in Afghanistan.
The decision extends an earlier time limit set previous year. "Foreign terrorists will not leave the United States alone simply because our politicians have grown exhausted of taking the fight to them".
An unnamed Afghan government official said the United States withdrawal plan was "irresponsible". The official, who spoke to reporters, did not wish to be identified. We have said that there is no military solution to the problems plaguing Afghanistan and we will focus our efforts on supporting the ongoing peace process.
Britain and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces have been in Afghanistan since 9/11, with around 1,000 troops now in the country as they prepare to hand over security to Afghan forces. But an American withdrawal also risks numerous gains made in democracy, women's rights and governance, while ensuring that the Taliban, who provided al-Qaida's haven, remain strong and in control of large swaths of the country.
"We can not continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result", Biden says in the speech excerpts.
Blinken and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg kicked off Wednesday's meetings at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels by recalling the alliance's success in driving Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network from Afghanistan.
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Quebec says the female patient, whose age was not revealed, received the appropriate care and is recovering at home. This is the first reported case within Canada of the rare blood clots.
The decision comes after a review of the Afghan policy.
"For there to be any chance of a lasting peace, the Taliban must engage meaningfully in a dialogue with the Afghan government".
The conference for the search for peace in Afghanistan will be held from April 24th to upcoming May 4th in Istanbul, announced the Foreign Ministry of Turkey. He told VOA that Afghanistan "could become one of the great No Man's lands for worldwide terrorists to hide out in the future".
"Until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland, (we) will not participate in any conference that shall make decisions about Afghanistan", tweeted Mohammad Naeem, spokesman for the Taliban office in Qatar.
Further delays at the negotiating table and what the militants view as Biden's breach of the Doha agreement could prompt the Taliban to launch its spring offensive, a surge in attacks that happens each year as the weather warms in Afghanistan. Some have warned of the group's ties to al-Qaeda.
US service members walk off a helicopter on the runway at Camp Bost in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, September 11, 2017.
News of the president's planned withdrawal has drawn stinging rebukes from leading Republicans in Congress. Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, called it "fundamentally risky". Caty Weaver was the editor.