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UK and US to withdraw forces from Afghanistan

Photo of US troop in Afghanistan

Following the announcement of US President, Joe Biden, that America would withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 11th September, Britain has similarly stated that it will withdraw nearly all of its approximately 750 soldiers.

The withdrawal of US forces would mark the end to a 20-year conflict that followed the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon. Under the Doha Agreement, US troops were set to have left Afghanistan by 1 May.

Taliban leaders have stated that they will not participate in peace negotiations “until all foreign forces completely withdraw from our homeland”.

There are concerns over the stability of the country given the reliance on US infrastructure. A representative of the British government has stated that they are “working closely with the US, NATO allies and partners to support a secure and stable Afghanistan.

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