America’s European allies are asking the Biden administration to delay the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which some senior U.S officials had suggested could be complete by as early as July 4, to give Washington’s NATO allies more time and support to leave, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal.
In response, American officials said that the withdrawal from Afghanistan could be delayed by two weeks or longer to assist NATO.
The Biden administration had initially said that the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan would be completed by September 11 instead of the originally agreed-upon date of May 1. Yet, military officials have said it can be completed by the summer.
However, the European Union is concerned that with the U.S.-led coalition pulling out from Afghanistan, the Taliban will capture much if not the entire country and trigger a mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Europe.