United States President Joe Biden ruled out this Friday that he foresees an imminent withdrawal of the last US troops in Afghanistan, amid growing speculation that the remaining contingents could leave earlier than scheduled.
Asked by journalists at the White House if the exit will be finalized soon, he replied: “No. We are exactly on the planned path“.
The United States has set the deadline for the departure of its last troops from Afghanistan on September 11, after 20 years of war.
But recently, questions about a schedule acceleration, when US and NATO troops have just left Bagram airbase.
The latter, the largest in the country, has been the main rear base for all US military operations in Afghanistan.
Biden estimated that the Afghan government should now “be able by itself” to ensure, in particular, the security of the capital, Kabul, located about 50 kilometers from the airport.
However, according to press reports, Americans would maintain a presence of almost 600 soldiers there to protect your embassy.