Soldiers leave Afghanistan – level 2
In September 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the US.
Only one month later, the first US and UK soldiers came to Afghanistan to destroy al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The war on terror lasted 20 years and more than 2,200 US soldiers died. The war cost the US almost 1 trillion dollars.
The US president, Joe Biden, wanted to pull out all US soldiers by May 2021, but he announced a new deadline. The new deadline was September 11, which was the day of 20th anniversary of the attacks on the US.
The UK plans to pull out its soldiers, too, but Afghan officials are not happy. They worry that a civil war will start in Afghanistan.
Difficult words: pull out (to move something from its usual place), deadline (the latest time or date when something must happen), anniversary (the day on which something important happens in the past).
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