President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that drew America into its longest war, according to two congressional aides briefed on the plans.
The decision, which Biden is expected to announce this week, means the U.S. will keep troops in Afghanistan past the May 1 deadline agreed to in a deal between the Trump administration and the Taliban signed last February.
The move will likely prompt the Taliban to renew attacks on American forces there, which have largely halted since the February 2020 agreement.
The news comes just weeks after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made his first visit to Afghanistan, where he met with U.S. officials on the ground and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.
The Washington Post first reported the withdrawal news.