‘Time to bring our forces home’ from Afghanistan: Blinken
15 April 2021 | 7:00 am
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the moment has come to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden is to announce formally later today that Washington will withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by September 11 -- 20 years after the attacks in the America that sparked its longest war.
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