U.S Troops To Be Withdrawn from Afghanistan


Mark Minkel

Pt. Mugu Naval base

Joe Biden, the current president of the United States, made a decision to withdraw all American troops from one of the United States’ longest wars. Joe Biden made a mutual agreement with the military, and they started the mission to bring back the troops May 1st, 2021 from Afghanistan. It is expected that all the troops should be returned home by September 11th, 2021. The war started September 11, 2001 and is called the Afghanistan War. Around 2,372 US military soldiers have died, and nearly 20,320 American soldiers were wounded during this war. 

The Afghanistan war started in 2001 when the United States started bombing Afghanistan, the reason for this being a man named Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was the man behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

The Taliban is a religious faction located in Afghanistan. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bin Laden was wanted by the United States, and the Taliban leaders refused to give Bin Laden up. BBC News Round, stated, “There was a lot of international pressure on the Afghan leaders to hand over Osama Bin Laden. When the Taliban didn’t do this, the United States decided they would use their armed forces.” In October 2001,  the USA started to use military force on Afghanistan, and from that point on, one of the United States’ longest wars began.

In most recent news on the Afghanistan War, President Joe Biden, stated, “It is time to end America’s longest war. It is time for American troops to come home.” The American troops have been in Afghanistan for ten years since Bin Laden was killed. President Biden decided it was time for the troops to come home.

However, some people have expressed their concern that if there will be no soldiers in Afghanistan, a window will open for more terrorist attacks.

Isabel Montano, a freshman at Cam High, said, “I think there will be more terrorist attacks because the terrorists might figure out that they can have an open window and possibly fight back since the military will stop holding them back.”

Vox, in one of their articles, stated, “The news comes less than two weeks after President Joe Biden announced that all US troops would be out of the country by September 11, 2021 — a significant achievement that eluded his predecessors.” Biden’s decision is a big deal for the US military because after fighting for 20 years, and the total cost of equipment and damage adding up to 2.4 trillion dollars by 2017, the troops and the supreme commanders finally get to come home.