Soldiers leave Afghanistan – level 3

21-04-2021 07:00

British and American forces were first deployed to Afghanistan in October 2001, in the so-called war on terror that has so far cost more than 2,200 US lives and almost 1 trillion dollars.

The US president, Joe Biden, has decided to miss the May deadline for a pull-out that was agreed with the Taliban last year, saying that it would be tough to meet, and he is set to announce that all American troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11. The new deadline will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the US in 2001.

The UK will reportedly follow in the footsteps of the US, also withdrawing nearly all its troops. Afghan officials have said that they respected the decision made by Washington; however, the speaker of the Afghan parliament warned that the withdrawal of foreign forces in the current circumstances would lead to civil war.

Difficult words: deploy (to move troops into position for military action), coincide (to happen at the same time as something else), withdrawal (stop the participation in an activity).

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