Withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan: "The Americans leave with a dramatic defeat"

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In the Kandahar base in Afghanistan, American soldiers pray before leaving for a mission on September 1, 2010. AFP / Patrick Baz

By: Jean-Baptiste Marot Follow

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This Wednesday, Joe Biden must formalize the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, a symbolic date.

This is a four-month postponement of the initial date decided by the Trump administration when the historic agreement was signed in Doha with the Taliban in February 2020. There are currently 2,500 soldiers, against 100,000 at the height of their presence in 2010-2011.

What consequences for Afghanistan?

Why such a decision ?

Analysis by Gilles Dorronsoro, professor of political science at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. 


Gilles Dorronsoro

is the author of

The Transnational Government of Afghanistan.

Such a predictable defeat


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