US to leave troops in Afghanistan beyond May, 9/11 new goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say 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 officials say 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 would be difficult.

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

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