Issue Brief: Biden Sets September Date for Afghanistan Withdrawal

On April 13th, 2021, President Biden announced that he intends to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. Though the date extends the stay of U.S. forces past the May 1 deadline previously negotiated with the Taliban, concerns persist that the Afghan government and its security forces will not be able to sustain themselves or prevent a Taliban takeover without the presence of foreign troops.