NATO to Begin Afghanistan Withdrawal May 1

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NATO to Begin Afghanistan Withdrawal May 1

NATO foreign and defense ministers agreed on Wednesday to begin withdrawing forces from Afghanistan on May 1 following the announcement from President Biden that U.S. forces will leave by Sept. 11.

“Currently, we have around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, the majority from non-U.S. allies and partner countries. We have been closely consulting on our presence in Afghanistan for the last weeks and months. In the light of the U.S. decision to withdraw, foreign and defense ministers of NATO discussed the way forward today, and decided that we will start the withdrawal of NATO support mission forces by May 1.” “Twenty years ago after the United States was attacked on 9/11, this alliance invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history. An attack on one is an attack on all. Together, we went to Afghanistan to root out al Qaeda, and prevent future terrorist attacks from Afghanistan directed at our homeland. Now, we will leave Afghanistan together and bring our troops home.” “Our troops have accomplished the mission that they were sent to Afghanistan to accomplish. And they have much for which to be proud. Their services and their sacrifices, alongside those of our resolute support of Afghan partners, made possible a greatly diminished threat to all of our homelands and homelands of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.”

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