President Biden has made a decision to leave American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration, and has set the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks as the new goal, USA officials said Tuesday. USA officials provided details on Biden's decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement.
Biden is expected to announce the decision Tuesday, according to CNN.
Over the past year, US military commanders and defense officials have said that attacks on USA troops have largely paused, but they say the Taliban have increased attacks on the Afghans.
His decision risks retaliation by the Taliban on USA and Afghan forces, possibly escalating the 20-year war.
The Trump administration had aimed to have all American forces out of Afghanistan, where the Taliban retains significant power, by May 1, if certain conditions in its negotiations with the Taliban were met.
Former President Donald Trump's administration had previously negotiated a withdrawal date of May 1, 2021, with the Taliban.
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Biden has been weighing the decision for months with his advisers and signaled he did not believe U.S. troops should remain in the country long past the deadline.
The Taliban, which took power in 1996, was driven out of Kabul five years later when the United States invaded in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda, the militant group led by Osama bin Laden that had taken refuge in Afghanistan. "We will leave", Biden said last month.
'Just in terms of tactical reasons, hard to get those troops out, ' Biden said, when asked about his plans.
Biden had previously hinted that the US was considering delaying the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
He said the nation was coordinating with allies, and allowed: 'If we leave, we're going to do so in a safe and orderly way'.
"We are not staying for a long time".