With the May deadline for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan looming, the administration of President Joe Biden has several options on how to proceed.

President Trump, who campaigned on the promise to get the United States out of what have been characterized as our “forever wars” agreed to a peace deal with the Taliban. According to the agreement signed in Doha, in February 2020, the U.S. and the NATO coalition would withdraw all troops by May 1, 2021, if the Taliban stopped allowing al-Qaeda or other militants to operate in areas they controlled and proceeded with national peace talks.

The U.S. has withdrawn most of its forces from Afghanistan. It now has 2,500 troops left in the country, while NATO has fewer than 10,000. The Biden administration has rightly initiated a review process to access the Taliban’s compliance with the agreement.

The allegations that the Taliban have not lived up to their promise of cutting ties with terrorist groups, such as al-Qaeda, are true, and that isn’t coming from just Washington. 

Edmund Fitton-Brown, the coordinator of the United Nations’ monitoring team for the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban, said during an online conference late last month that the Taliban have failed to cut ties with al-Qaeda.   

“As yet, we have not seen any evidence,” he said.

Furthermore, the number two leader of al-Qaeda on the Indian continent, Abu Muhsin al-Masri, also known as Husam Abd-al-Ra’uf, who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted Terrorist list, was killed by Afghan security forces in October. Al-Masri was wanted for having provided material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization and for conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals. The U.S. had issued a warrant for his arrest in December 2018. Clearly, the Taliban have not cut ties with al-Qaeda, which was the reason the U.S. entered the country in the first place. 

Additionally, the Taliban are not decreasing the violence on Afghan government bases and facilities. On the contrary, violence has increased dramatically in the past several months.