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How the Cyclone Which US Whipped Up in 1980s Came Back to Blow Them Out of Afghanistan

President Joe Biden has announced the US will begin withdrawing its 2,500 troops from Afghanistan on 1 May and hopes to be fully out by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. NATO forces will also leave Afghanistan next month.

Announcing the withdrawal of US troops on Wednesday, 14 April, President Biden said: “We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result.”

He said the total number of US dead in Afghanistan was 2,488, with another 20,722 wounded.

That figure compares with the 15,051 Soviet personnel who were killed in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989.

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