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Cheney: Biden’s plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan will ’embolden’ jihadists

Rep. Liz Cheney (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s plans to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021 “will only embolden the very jihadists who attacked our homeland on that day twenty years ago.”

The Biden administration’s intentions to withdraw forces by Sept. 11 would be later than a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal that was set under a peace agreement reached under former President Donald Trump between the U.S. and the Taliban in 2020, according to the Associated Press.

“Biden has been hinting for weeks that he was going to let the deadline lapse, and as the days went by it became clear that an orderly withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 troops would be difficult and was unlikely,” the AP reported on Tuesday. “A senior administration official said the drawdown would begin May 1.”

Cheney said that the decision to withdraw sends “a dangerous signal that the United States fundamentally does not understand—or is willfully ignorant of—the terrorist threat.”

“President Biden’s decision hands the Taliban and al Qaeda a propaganda victory, abandons our global leadership position, and plays into our adversaries’ hands,” she said. “As we saw with President Obama’s reckless decision to pull troops out of Iraq in 2011, retreat does not end the fight against terrorism.”

“It merely gives our enemies more room to reconstitute and plot attacks against the homeland.”