Biden wants to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 Apr 14, 2021 0 274 12345 dpa WashingtonPresident Joe Biden wants to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.Biden has been facing mounting pressure to make a decision on the deployment of troops in Afghanistan, where the United States has had a sustained military presence for the past 19 years.Former president Donald Trump struck a deal with the Taliban last year, agreeing to withdraw all US and international troops from Afghanistan by May 1.In return, the Taliban vowed to cut ties with al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups and enter into intra-Afghan peace talks.Since the signing of the deal, there have been no attacks on the foreign forces in the country. However, the Taliban has intensified attacks against the internationally-backed Afghan government.Biden said recently that his administration is unlikely to meet the fast-approaching May deadline, while also making it clear that he wants US troops out of the country.The US invaded Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks and overthrew the Taliban regime. It is the longest war Washington has ever waged.Biden said that accelerating the pace of peace negotiations under way among the warring Afghan parties would be key to pulling out troops.Since last September, the Taliban have been holding peace negotiations with representatives of the Afghan government in Qatar but progress has stalled.A US-initiated international conference on Afghanistan is set to begin in Istanbul on April 24, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The aim of the high-level meeting is to complement the talks happening in Doha and get the peace process on a faster track.However, the Taliban have yet to say if they will even participate.If it happens, it will be the third international meeting on the peace process, following ones in Moscow and Dushanbe in recent weeks.The Afghanistan decision is one of the most delicate that Biden has had to make in his young administration. Observers fear that if international troops withdraw without a political solution, Afghanistan could enter a new civil war.According to official information, there are currently around 2,500 US soldiers in Afghanistan. At its peak 10 years ago the number was around 100,000.Most recently, including the US troops, a total of around 10,000 soldiers from NATO countries and partner nations were in Afghanistan to support the democratically elected government by training and advising security forces. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Iran plans to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent Apr 14, 2021 0 1130 India clears Russia’s Sputnik V, to allow more foreign vaccines to fight virus Apr 14, 2021 0 332 Pakistan calls in paramilitary after deadly protests Apr 14, 2021 0 257 Extra shifts at Tehran cemetery as new infections reach peak in Iran Tehran: After the outbreak of a fourth wave of the coronavirus in Iran, the country has again recorded a peak in new infections. According to the Ministry of Health on Tuesday, almost 25,000 new infections were recorded in .. UN envoy urges warring Yemeni sides to ‘silence guns’ for Ramadan dpa Amman United Nations special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths called on warring parties in the country’s six-year conflict to halt fighting during the month of Ramadan. “I wish the people of Yemen a blessed and .. Human rights court condemns Turkey over detention of two journalists Strasbourg: The European Court of Human Rights has condemned Turkey for the detention of two journalists in the wake of the 2016 coup attempt. The imprisonment of Ahmet Altan and Murat Aksoy constituted, among other .. Investigators downloaded cockpit recorder from crashed Indonesian jet Jakarta: Indonesian investigators have successfully downloaded the content of the cockpit voice recorder from a passenger jet that crashed into the sea in January with 62 people on board, an official said Tuesday. The ..