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The top U.S. and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan said on Sunday an orderly withdrawal of foreign forces had begun.
U.S. Army General Scott Miller, who took charge in 2018, said he was acting on orders based on U.S. President Joe Biden's move to end America's longest war.
BIDEN: "It's time for American troops to come home."
Biden earlier this month said the prolonged and intractable battle in Afghanistan no longer aligned with American priorities.
He said he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon lead to the American invasion in 2001.
Security experts in recent weeks said they doubt if the Taliban will allow U.S. forces to peacefully exit the country.