European Troops Quietly Withdrawing

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KABUL: Germany and Italy announced their missions in Afghanistan over on Wednesday, and Poland’s remaining troops returned home after 20 years.

According to AP analysis of announcements from several countries, most European troops have now left with little fanfare.

In April, NATO agreed to pull its roughly 7,000 non-American troops out of Afghanistan to coincide with Biden’s plan to withdraw all American troops from the country, starting May 1.

“What we want to see, what we’d like to see is the Taliban return to the peace process in a credible way,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a press briefing on Tuesday. “The violence remains too high, and we’re all aware of all of the security situation in Afghanistan.” 

“I think you saw General Miller speak to that earlier today, concerns over the security situation there,” he added.  

Referring to recent attacks by the Taliban, Kirby said, “We see events on the ground unfold. It certainly calls into question the sincerity of their efforts to be a legitimate, credible participant in the peace process.”  

All foreign troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11.