US formally begins withdrawing troops from Afghanistan after 20 years

2nd May, 2021

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Afghan security forces were on high alert for any possible Taliban attacks on retreating American troops. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)(AP)

US officials on the ground say the withdrawal is already a work in progress - and May 1 is just a continuation - but Washington has made an issue of the date because it is a deadline agreed with the Taliban in 2020 to complete the pullout.

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