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The U.S. has withdrawn most of its forces from Afghanistan.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.