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Biden to declare it is 'time for American troops to come home' from Afghanistan


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Biden to declare it is 'time for American troops to come home' from Afghanistan

   April 14, 2021 10:12 AM
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by Phil Stewart, Steve Holland

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Biden to pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan No timeline for possible U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan
 
WASHINGTON DC - President Joe Biden will declare on Wednesday he plans to end the longest U.S. war and that it is "time for American troops to come home" from Afghanistan, looking to close the book on 20 years of U.S. military involvement there even as critics warn that peace is not assured.

"We went to Afghanistan because of a horrific attack that happened 20 years ago," Biden will say, according to excerpts of his speech released by the White House. "That cannot explain why we should remain there in 2021."

Biden is set to announce in a speech scheduled for 2:15 p.m. EDT at the White House that all 2,500 U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan will be withdrawn no later than Sept. 11. By pulling out without a clear victory, the United States opens itself to criticism that a withdrawal represents a de facto admission of failure.

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

"It is time to end America's longest war. It is time for American troops to come home," he will say.

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