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NATO Says Afghanistan Withdrawal to Begin on May 1

•, Dave DeCamp

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday that the alliance will follow the US and begin its withdrawal from Afghanistan on May 1st.

"Our drawdown will be orderly, coordinated, and deliberate," Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels. "We went into Afghanistan together, we have adjusted our posture together, and we are united in leaving together." There are currently about 7,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan.

President Biden announced his withdrawal plan on Wednesday. He pushed back the May 1st deadline set by the US-Taliban peace deal and said all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by September 11th. In an attempt to claim he is following the US-Taliban deal, Biden said he is beginning the withdrawal on May 1st, but that doesn't seem to be acceptable to the Taliban.