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Biden Announces Withdrawal Of All U.S. Troops From Afghanistan By 9/11

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President Joe Biden has announced all U.S. combat troops will be out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 20 years to the date of the 9/11 attacks, but critics say the hard end date could lead to more chaos; Debra Alfarone reports for CBS2.

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- President Biden has announced all US combat troops will be out of Afghanistan by September 11, 20 years to the date of the 9/11 attacks.

- But critics say the hard end could lead to more chaos. CBS News, Debra Alfarone reports now from Washington.

BIDEN: Good afternoon.

DEBRA ALFARONE: President Biden says it is time to end America's longest war. Announcing all US combat troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11.

BIDEN: I'm now the fifth United States president to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility onto a fifth.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The deadline marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that started the war. The president says his decision is based on Al-qaida no longer posing a threat to the US Homeland, and seeing no military solution to the problems there.

BIDEN: I will not stay involved in Afghanistan militarily. Our diplomatic and humanitarian work will continue. We'll continue to support the government of Afghanistan.

DEBRA ALFARONE: Some 3,300 US troops will start leaving May 1st, a date the Trump administration had previously negotiated for all of them to be out. On Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced opposition to the pullout. Echoing concerns the Taliban, that controls a portion of the country and harbored Al-qaida will regain a foothold and reinstate harsh Islamic law.

MITCH MACCONNELL: Apparently, were to help our adversaries ring on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by gift wrapping the country and handing it right back to them.

DEBRA ALFARONE: The war cost the US taxpayers trillions of dollars, and so more than 2,400 American lives lost. President Biden visited section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery after his speech, honoring the sacrifice of troops who died in Afghanistan. Debra Alfarone, CBS News, Washington.