The US military will begin a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan starting on May 1, and complete the process by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, President Biden announced Wednesday, saying it was well past time to end America’s “forever war.”
In the 16-minute, midday White House address, Biden said that the sprawling military operation was undertaken with just intentions, but has long since completed its mission.
“We went to Afghanistan in 2001 to root out Al Qaeda, to prevent future terror attacks against the United States planned from Afghanistan,” he said. “Our objective was clear, our cause was just, our NATO partners and allies rallied beside us.
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