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Pres. Biden sets 9/11 goal to pull all troops from Afghanistan

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, armed soldiers stand guard in the motorcade for...
FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, armed soldiers stand guard in the motorcade for President Donald Trump during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 11:27 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says President Joe Biden has decided to leave American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration.

The official says Biden has set the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as the new goal.

Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops was difficult and unlikely.

A U.S. official provided details on Biden’s decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement.

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