Postponing the U.S. withdrawal carries the risk of the Taliban resuming attacks on United States and coalition forces, possibly escalating a war which has already cost trillions of dollars and the lives of more than 2,000 USA service members and countless Afghans. A USA official provided details on Mr. Biden's decision on condition of anonymity, speaking ahead of the announcement. Biden plans to make the announcement this week. The Taliban has vowed to renew attacks on the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if foreign troops are not out by the deadline.
The withdrawal extends the U.S. troop presence past a May 1 deadline set by the Trump administration in an agreement with the Taliban, but only by a matter of months.
US and coalition forces were able to drive the Taliban from power and a new Afghan government was created.
The Taliban, which took power in 1996, was driven out of Kabul five years later when the United States invaded in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks by Al Qaeda, the militant group led by Osama bin Laden that had taken refuge in Afghanistan. "If we break the May 1st deadline negotiated by the previous administration with no clear plan to exit, we will be back at war with the Taliban, and that was not something President Biden believed was in the national interest".
Biden said at his first press conference last month that: "It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline" for a full withdrawal. "The question is when we leave".
Biden had previously hinted that the US was considering delaying the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
He added: 'But we are not staying a long time.