United States of America president, Joe Biden, on Wednesday announced his plans to pull all US military forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. This decision will bring an end to America’s largest war by the 20th anniversary of the foremost attack that took place on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York City and Pentagon .
President Joe said the war in Afghanistan was never meant to be multi-generational war as he announced the drawdown of all 2,500 troops in the country beginning from May 1 and concluding by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the war.
The U.S war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001 with American Air strikes against Al-Qaeda target in retaliation for the September 11 attack. The Taliban government had given the terror group a safe haven from which it could carry out terror attacks. Some special forces assisted the Northern Alliance as they successfully overthrew the Taliban government.
The number of US military presence has continued to increase most especially in 2009 when the violence in Afghanistan escalated. The number of American troops increased from over 33,000 in 2009 to 100,000 in August 2010 and remained the same level for the next year.
A total of 2,132 US military personnel have died in Afghanistan since 2001, which includes 2,218 service members who died during the original combat mission known as Operation Enduring Freedom and 114 service members who have died since the creation of the training mission known as Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, at the end of 2014.
With the increase in the number of troops in 2009, the number of American fatalities also increased significantly as 1,534 Americans died in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012 while 20,066 American service members have been wounded in action since 2001.
A Brown University project estimated 43,000 civilians deaths and a United Nations report issued last year estimated that before the surge in violence following the U.S- Taliban deal, about 35,518 civilians were killed from 2001-2019.
However, since Biden’s announcement there has been concerns from Senior officials, analysts and reporters on the resurgence of war in Afghanistan. The Director of Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns told lawmakers on Wednesday that the departure of American troops from Afghanistan will leave a “significant risk” of terrorism resurgence in the region.
According to some analysts, the war in Afghanistan is not coming to and end. US forces will no longer be part of it, but that will likely make the fighting worse in months to come.
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