CNN: Biden administration considering 6-month extension for US troops in Afghanistan
(CNN)The Biden administration is considering a six-month extension for American troops in Afghanistan, just weeks before the May 1 deadline that the Trump administration had negotiated with the Taliban to withdraw all US forces from the country, according to a defense official.
No final decision has been made, the official emphasized.
NBC News first reported that a six-month extension is under consideration. The official noted that the US will want to get the Taliban to agree to the extension.
Other options are still on the table, including a full withdrawal by May 1, but a sign of President Joe Biden's current thinking came this week when he told ABC News he didn't think it would "take a lot longer," and said a full withdrawal by May 1 "could happen, but it is tough."
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Update #1: Biden weighs keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan until November (NBC) Update #2: Biden Mulling Keeping US Troops in Afghanistan Until November – Report (Sputnik)
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