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UK News Biden blasted for ‘personal' decision to pull US troops from Afghanistan - ‘Big mistake'

03:50  20 april  2021
03:50  20 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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JOE BIDEN has been criticised for withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan , 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. Writing for The Times, William Hague, former Foreign Secretary under David Cameron, criticised Mr Biden ’s decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan as “his first big mistake ”. He believes the President’s move “is very much his personal decision ”. Mr Hague argues the “most worrying” of Mr Biden ’s reasons to withdraw troops was his argument that “what happened twenty years ago cannot explain why we remain there in 2021”.

Biden has been weighing the decision for months with his advisers and signaled he did not believe US troops should remain in the country long past the deadline. The Washington Post was first to report the news. Biden 's decision split Capitol Hill, with Republican hawks slamming the withdrawal plans as a "grave mistake ." Congressional Democrats, meanwhile -- along with a handful of Republicans -- praised Biden for finally bringing an end to the US war. Decision would end longest war in American history.

Last week, the US President confirmed that he will withdraw US troops from the "forever war" in Afghanistan by September 11 - the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Mr Biden said the attacks in 2001, which were coordinated from Afghanistan, "cannot explain" why US forces should still be there today.

He added: "We cannot 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.

"I am now the fourth United States president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth."

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With bin Laden long since dead and the United States not suffering another major attack, President Joe Biden is promising to end America’s longest war and move on to what he believes are bigger , more consequential challenges posed by a resurgent Russia and a rising China. Without coming right out and saying it, President Joe Biden seems ready to let lapse a May 1 deadline for completing a withdrawal of U . S . troops from Afghanistan . Orderly withdrawals take time, and Biden is running out of it.

As President Biden prepares to lay out his plan Wednesday to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America's longest war, a source familiar with his thinking tells me that he thinks no amount of US troops in the country can be a game changer anymore. The source says there has been a months-long consultation within the administration, and with allies, before reaching the decision to withdraw many of the remaining 2,500 US troops . When asked whether the thousands of other NATO forces would stay to help the elected Afghan government and train the Afghan security forces, the

The attacks that took place on September 11, 2001, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist acts by the extremist group al-Qaeda against the US.

The incidents resulted in nearly three thousand fatalities and have been called the deadliest terrorist attack in human history.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie © getty Joe Biden

Writing for The Times, William Hague, former Foreign Secretary under David Cameron, criticised Mr Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan as "his first big mistake".

He believes the President's move "is very much his personal decision".

Mr Hague argues the "most worrying" of Mr Biden's reasons to withdraw troops was his argument that "what happened twenty years ago cannot explain why we remain there in 2021".

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The big picture: Biden announced that U . S . troops would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan on May 1, with a complete withdrawal complete by September 11, 2021. Republicans were likewise furious when Trump had planned to swiftly withdraw troops from Afghanistan . What he's saying: "September 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost." 'High probability' Biden 's decision to pull U . S . troops from Afghanistan will cause its government to fall, expert says.

President Biden 's decision to pull out of Afghanistan leaves stakeholders with differing opinions.

The former Foreign Secretary wrote: "It is the belief that, as this is America's longest war, it must come to a defined end, given that the main objective of destroying al-Qaeda bases has been achieved and patience in any case has been exhausted.

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a group of people standing on top of a mountain: US troops in Afghanistan © getty US troops in Afghanistan

"The reality is, however, that twenty years is long enough to have changed Afghan society but not long enough to expect it to survive on its own."

Mr Hague described how Afghanistan is much more of an "urban ... and in some ways liberal country".

However, he warned "that means that if it collapses into civil war, the human consequences, the flows of refugees, the justified sense of moral betrayal by the West will be all the greater than in the past."

Mr Hague claimed that 20 years "has been long enough for us to learn".

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U . S . President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining U . S . troops from Afghanistan by September 11th.. U . S . officials said Tuesday, That's exactly 20 years to the day after al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on the U . S . that triggered America's longest war. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the shift There are about 2,500 U . S . troops in Afghanistan currently, down from a peak of more than 100,000 in 2011. About 2,400 U . S . service members have been killed in the line of duty there and many thousands more wounded. Biden 's decision would miss a May 1 deadline for withdrawal agreed with

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He wrote: "We have learnt that leaving behind a much smaller western force to back up a strengthened Afghan army makes a big difference.

"With few casualties, Nato forces from 2017-19, including our own from Britain, helped keep the Taliban under pressure and brought them to the negotiating table.

"As soon as that pressure was reduced last year, an autumn offensive brought them to the gates of Kandahar, the country's second city."

He also warned that al-Qaeda "has not given up returning" to Afghanistan.

Mr Biden's move to withdraw the US troops could mark his most significant foreign policy decision since taking office in January.

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