"We're going to zero troops by September", a source said at the time.
President Biden called for an end to the "forever war" in Afghanistan during his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening.
"After 20 years of American valor and sacrifice, it's time to bring our troops home", Biden concluded, while leaving open the possibility of further activities there "to suppress future threats to the homeland".
He noted: "This confirms what the UN has been saying that, "the Taliban regularly consulted" with al Qaeda during its negotiations with the United States while guaranteeing that they "would honor their historical ties" with the terrorist group". "Al Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond", Biden said.
According to the Doha agreement between the US and the Taliban, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan was supposed to be completed by Saturday, May 1, but the US President recently announced that the troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11. The US will begin final withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1 of this year. The mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was killed by USA special-operations forces, Seal Team 6, inside his high-walled compound in the Pakistani military college city of Abbottabad.
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"Today we have service members serving in the same war as their parents once did". Commanders have been found to inflate the numbers to collect paychecks of so-called "ghost soldiers", according to the United States watchdog monitoring Washington's spending in Afghanistan.
"War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational undertaking of nation-building", Biden affirmed. "We went to Afghanistan to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. We delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden and we degraded the terrorist threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan", he said.
The final phase of ending America's "forever war" in Afghanistan after 20 years formally began on Saturday, with the withdrawal of the last US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops by the end of summer.
The comment from the al Qaeda operatives has come as a warning that the group might be looking to re-enter Afghanistan as the U.S. troops prepare to move out, as per the deal made with the Taliban.
The U.S.is estimated to have spent $2 trillion in Afghanistan alone over the last 20 years, losing over 2,300 American soldiers during the fighting that ensued, along with an estimated over 47,000 Taliban and Afghan civilians, according to the Costs of War project.