US to coordinate with NATO on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken are shown standing opposite each other with the US and NATO flags in the background.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken address a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, April 14, 2021.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are meeting with NATO officials in Brussels to discuss a withdrawal of the military alliance from Afghanistan, after two decades of war. President Biden is expected to announce later on Wednesday the symbolic date of Sept. 11 as a new deadline to pull US troops out of Afghanistan.

Blinken said despite the withdrawal, neither the US nor NATO are abandoning Afghanistan, where approximately 7,000 NATO forces and an additional 2,500 US troops remain. “Together, we went into Afghanistan to deal with those who attacked us ..., ” Blinken said. “And together, we have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve. And now it is time to bring our forces home.”

The Trump administration had previously set a deadline for withdrawal for US troops from Afghanistan for May 1, but The World’s Shirin Jaafari reports (🎧) that as the date approached, it became clear that the withdrawal was improbable. 

With the forthcoming withdrawal, many are anxious about what this could mean for Afghanistan’s future in terms of security. Who is going to govern Afghanistan if there is no peace agreement? Will the country descend into civil war? These are just some of the questions on the minds of many Afghans these days.

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