Ex-Pentagon official deems May troop pullout ‘unachievable’ 


KABUL: Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday underlined that the May 1 deadline for all U.S. troops withdrawal from Afghanistan is “not a deadline that could have ever been achieved.”
However, according to this retired sergeant and former Nebraska Republican senator, it is the right time for U.S. forces to end America’s longest war, but the May deadline is unachievable.
“I think it is time that we will have to leave, and I think we will leave, but it has to be done responsibly,” Hagel told The Hill’s Steve Clemons.
About 2,500 US troops remain in Afghanistan, and U.S. President Biden faces a May 1 deadline to withdraw all foreign forces under an agreement reached between the Trump administration and the Taliban last year.
The U.S. withdrawal is contingent on the Taliban meeting promises such as cutting ties with al Qaeda and reducing conflict in Afghanistan, which the rebels have yet to meet.
Meanwhile, last week, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would not stick to the timetable, claiming that it would be “difficult” to withdraw forces by that date. He also confirmed that he does not expect American troops to be stationed in Afghanistan next year.