President Biden to withdraw troops from Afghanistan

American troops have been occupying Afghanistan for nearly 20 years at this point. Many locals of the occupied areas are fearful of troops leaving, saying that the only thing stopping terrorist groups from harming their own citizens were the Americans. Hopefully the treaty between the US and Afghanistan makes it so these fears are never realized.

American troops have been occupying Afghanistan for nearly 20 years at this point. Many locals of the occupied areas are fearful of troops leaving, saying that the only thing stopping terrorist groups from harming their own citizens were the Americans. Hopefully the treaty between the US and Afghanistan makes it so these fears are never realized.

Jacob Reiter, Staff Writer

Early in the morning on April twelfth President Biden announced that he has arranged it so that troops and military personnel will be withdrawn from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the September eleventh terrorist attacks. Ever since the September eleventh attacks the US has declared a “war on terror.” This “war” involved military occupation of several middle-eastern countries in order to deter terrorist groups from attacking the US again. Thus far this method has worked at the cost of the lives of countless soldiers. The decision to withdraw the troops has been met with some pushback by the general public, as many people think that this decision can potentially lead to a legitimate war with Afghanistan. Currently, the US and Afghanistan are undergoing peace talks over a proposed peace treaty. Personally, I can understand both sides of the argument. On one hand, this show of good faith will accelerate the acceptance of the peace treaty and lead to less violence within the country, but on the other it is possible that during the withdrawal process US troops will be attacked and it could cease all progress on the treaty. In fact, some terrorist groups have already made threats to kill the troops leaving but as of now these are only threats. Only time will tell if this is the right decision, as I and many others likely believe this decision could go either way.