US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan begins as Taliban ramps up deadly bombings
Taliban conducted 62 bomb blasts, 6 suicide bombings in last 11 days
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President Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, about the withdrawal of the remainder of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
The U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun, just as the Taliban ramp up bombings in the region.
President Biden pushed back the initial May deadline set by the Trump administration, instead aiming to withdraw all troops by Sept. 11. Around 2,500 American troops currently operate within the country.
The move has received bipartisan backlash, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying it would be a “grave mistake” to withdraw before ensuring the Taliban had been defeated.
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“Leaders in both parties, including me, offered criticism when the prior administration floated the concept of a reckless withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan,” McConnell said, referring to the original Trump administration timeline.
Now, the U.S. has started the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
“I now have a set of orders,” Gen. Austin S. Miller, the head of the coalition in Afghanistan, said Sunday at a news conference at the U.S. military’s headquarters in Kabul. “We will conduct an orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan and that means transitioning bases and equipment to the Afghan security forces.”
The Taliban have continued their activity in the region even as the U.S pushes for peace talks: The Ministry of Interior reported that the Taliban conducted 62 bomb blasts and six suicide bombings in the last 11 days, killing 63 civilians and wounding 180 more, according to TOLO News, an Afghanistan-based news agency.
BUSH WARNS BIDEN WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN RISKS HARMING WOMEN, GIRLS BY EMPOWERING ‘BRUTAL’ TALIBAN
Former President George W. Bush warned last week that the decision to withdraw troops from the country would provide opportunities to the Taliban that he hoped the U.S. would not come to regret.
“My first reaction was, wow, these girls are going to have real trouble with the Taliban,” Bush said. “A lot of gains have been made, and so I’m deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls in that country.”