US President Joe Biden on Thursday gave his clearest signal yet that he would not meet a deadline to pull out all troops from Afghanistan by May 1 but said he would likely end America’s longest war within the year.
“It is going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline in terms of tactical reasons. It’s hard to get those troops out,” Biden said in his first press conference since taking office on January 20.
“We will leave; the question is when we leave,” he said. “But we’re not staying a long time.”
Asked whether he envisions US soldiers still in Afghanistan in 2022, the president said: “I can’t picture that being the case.”
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