#AceNewsReport – Sept.12: The ceremony took place at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in the early hours of September 11, 2021. Local, state and county law enforcement partners and first responders gathered to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fateful events that occurred that day in our country.Leadership from CBP, including Port Director Albert Flores, Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak and Assistant Director, Field Operations Mucia Dovalina join fellow federal, state, local law enforcement and consular partners with the memorial wreath at the 20th anniversary 9/11 memorial ceremony held at Laredo Port of Entry’s Juarez-Lincoln Bridge.
#AceDailyNews reports that CBP Laredo Port of Entry Holds 20th Anniversary #9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge: “It’s been 20 years since the attacks on our Nation and not a day goes by that we don’t remember and honor those who lost their lives that day,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “The brazen acts of terrorism on our homeland changed the course of American history and led to the founding of our agency.”
A combined Law Enforcement Honor Guard presented the colors, raised the American flag to full staff and then lowered the flag to half-staff to honor the lives lost on 9/11. A bugler intoned taps and a CBP Officer sang Amazing Grace. A moment of radio silence was observed at 7:46 a.m., the exact moment Flight 11 crashed into the north face of the World Trade Center North Tower. Then an Air and Marine Operations, Laredo Air Branch helicopter conducted a flyover and hovered over the various law enforcement units and first responders stood in formation on the bridge span.
In attendance were representatives from the Laredo Field Office, Laredo Port of Entry, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Consul General, Transportation Security Administration, Webb County Sheriff’s Office, Laredo Police Department, and the Laredo Fire Department.
The CBP employees from the Laredo Port of Entry would like to express their gratitude to all of the men and woman of law enforcement and first responders for attending the 20th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and for their continued bravery, strength and resolve to face the unknown as they protect our community.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.12: Relatives of victims have long urged the release of the files, arguing Saudi officials had advance knowledge but did not try to stop the attacks: But the document provides no evidence that the Saudi government was linked to the 9/11 plot: Fifteen of the 19 plane hijackers were Saudi nationals.
The document was declassified on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terror attacks on US soil – almost 3,000 people were killed after four planes were hijacked – and is the first of several expected to be released.
Some families of the victims had put pressure on President Joe Biden to declassify the documents, saying he should not attend Saturday’s commemoration ceremonies in New York if he was not prepared to release them: 9/11 families tell Biden not to attend memorials
This 16-page FBI document is still heavily redacted. It is based on interviews with a source whose identity is classified (listed as PII) and outlines contacts between a number of Saudi nationals and two of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar.
The hijackers posed as students to enter the US in 2000. The FBI memo says they then received significant logistical support from Omar al-Bayoumi, who witnesses said was a frequent visitor to the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles despite his official status at the time as a student.
Mr Bayoumi, the source tells the FBI, had “very high status” at the consulate.
“Bayoumi’s assistance to Hamzi and Midha included translation, travel, lodging and financing,” the memo said.
FBIThe document is one of several that is expected to be released
The FBI document also says there were links between the two hijackers and Fahad al-Thumairy, a conservative imam at the King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles. He was described by sources as “having extremist beliefs”.
Both Mr Bayoumi and Mr Thumairy left the US weeks before the 9/11 attacks, according to the AP news agency.
The agency also quoted Jim Kreindler, a lawyer for the relatives of 9/11 victims, as saying that the released document did “validate the arguments we have made in the litigation regarding the Saudi government’s responsibility for the 9/11 attacks”.
Last month, a lawsuit launched by relatives saw several top former Saudi officials questioned under oath.
The administrations of George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all declined to declassify the documents, citing national security concerns.
EPAJoe Biden had been urged by relatives of victims to release the documents
But Joe Biden last week ordered a review of investigative documents, telling officials to release what they could over the next six months.
There has long been speculation of official Saudi links to the plot, given the number of Saudi nationals involved and al-Qaeda leaders Osama Bin Laden’s Saudi background.
However, the 9/11 commission report found no evidence to implicate the Saudi government or senior officials.
The US and Saudi Arabia have long been allies, although the relationship has at times been difficult.
Donald Trump strengthened ties but Joe Biden called Saudi Arabia “a pariah” for its part in the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
The BBC’s Frank Gardner says Mr Biden has since softened his stance towards most powerful man in Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reflecting the hard reality of the importance of the alliance: US softens towards Saudi leader
#AceDailyNews says that the New Guantanamo Bay judge presiding over #9/11 architect’s case faces more questions about qualifications: As Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew McCall has faced some skepticism for only having two years of experience as a judge
Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew McCall has faced some skepticism for only having two years of experience as a judge and answered several questions Wednesday about his familiarity with Islam, with the torture detainees underwent at clandestine CIA prisons before they were sent to Gitmo and with the case in general.
Two defense attorneys, including the attorney representing Mohammed, again questioned McCall’s experience as they did on Wednesday. The other attorney suggested that McCall was “not prepared” to serve as the presiding judge on the case, saying he is “not in a prepared state.”
McCall said he will be taking classes on death penalty law in the coming weeks to prepare himself. McCall Wednesday in the courtroom that the death penalty is a “valid option” for the five accused 9/11 planners and said he “can be impartial” and “pretty open-minded.”
The judge has until Oct. 1 to recuse himself but is unlikely to step down from the position, officials and court experts tell Fox News.
McCall said on Wednesday that he spent five years as a defense attorney and did a tour in Iraq as a prosecutor with Task Force 134 in Baghdad in 2004. He also helped put away nearly 100 suspected terrorists.
Mohammed and four other Gitmo detainees appeared in court Tuesday for the first time in 500 days for pretrial headings, after delays brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, none of the detainees showed up for trial because Friday is Islam’s sabbath or holy day. Their defense attorneys appeared in court, but female attorneys were not wearing the traditional Islamic garb that their clients demand they wear when in contact with them.
McCall also said Wednesday while taking questions from detainee’s lawyers that he is under “zero pressure to get this case done” and “rush” a trial that has not been scheduled yet as the families of 9/11 victims await a verdict for those involved in planning the attacks that killed their loved ones in 2001.
Mohammed and his four other co-defendants are charged with several crimes, including terrorism, hijacking and 2,976 counts of murder for their alleged roles in planning and providing logistical support to the Sept. 11 plot.
The quintet has been held at Guantanamo Bay since September 2006 after several years in secret CIA detention facilities following their capture.
Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: The CIA agents at an undisclosed black site were certain that time was running out before the next September 11-style attack would be unleashed on America…
#AceDailyNews says that America’s ‘forever prisoner’ has spent two decades in custody for planning the #9/11 attacks. But it’s not clear he was involved in frantic calls to the US Department of Justice, they said they had a top Al Qaeda lieutenant in their custody but his lawyer insists he was nothing more than a terrorist’s “travel agent”.
The interrogation team was convinced Abu Zubaydah knew exactly when the terrorists would strike again. He just needed a reason to talk.
With written permission from the Justice Department, they took the 31-year-old into a room and strapped him to a modified gurney.
The guards held him down while a cloth was placed over his mouth and nose.
Then for 20 slow, agonising seconds, a steady stream of water was poured onto the cloth. Then they did it again and again.
“I swear to God,” he shouted over the phone at Pasquale D’Amuro, then the FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism.
“I’m going to arrest these guys!”
Soufan was immediately sent back to the US, and Zubaydah was renditioned, a government-sponsored form of abduction. Activists say he was taken to Poland, Thailand and Afghanistan.
The psychologist who would later oversee Zubaydah’s waterboarding, James Mitchell, said Soufan was simply the good cop to his bad cop, and benefited from the extreme measures to which Zubaydah was exposed.
“You can’t discount the role of sleep deprivation in weakening Abu Zubaydah’s resolve and shifting his priorities from protecting information to getting some rest,” he wrote in his book, Enhanced Interrogation.
Mitchell spent years defending the program he helped build for the CIA, and first used on Abu Zubaydah.
He did, however, admit to feeling “sorry” for the Saudi-born prisoner and tried and failed to get the CIA to stop waterboarding him.
His partner John Bruce Jessen remained silent for nearly 15 years.
Finally, when they were sued by several prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Jessen opened up about the “great, soulful torment” he felt over his own life’s work.
‘It was going to be my fault if I didn’t continue’
John Mitchell and John Bruce Jessen were two psychologists teaching US commandos how to endure torture when they were approached by the CIA in 2002.
The men were experts on the human mind and what it took to push it right to the brink.
The CIA reasoned that if they knew how to get soldiers to remain silent even while being brutalised by America’s enemy, they also knew how to twist that knowledge when the enemy was in America’s hands.
“Jim and I went into a cubicle,” Jessen told a deposition in 2017.
“He sat down at a typewriter and together we wrote out a list.”
The drawings show him nude and shackled to a bar above his head and locked in a small box he referred to as a “dog box”.
Zubaydah reportedly spent 11 full days in a coffin-sized box and 29 hours in a smaller box just 53 centimetres wide.
“As soon as they locked me up inside the box, I tried my best to sit up, but in vain, for the box was too short,” he said through his lawyer.
“I tried to take a curled position but [in] vain, for it was too tight.”
As the years went on, Jessen and Mitchell said they both became uncomfortable with the dark evolution of their program.
“They kept telling me every day a nuclear bomb was going to be exploded in the United States and that because I had told them to stop, I had lost my nerve and it was going to be my fault if I didn’t continue,” Jessen testified.
Mitchell said they were accused of losing their “spine” by CIA officials as they warned that waterboarding was not proving to be effective in flushing out information.
“I think the word that was actually used is that, ‘You guys are pussies,'” he said in a deposition.
“There was going to be another attack in America and the blood of dead civilians is going to be on your hands.”
America’s ‘forever prisoner’
When Barack Obama entered the White House in 2008, he banned the CIA’s brutal interrogation techniques.
He would later cast the program as a traumatic response to 9/11, a nation lost in the fog of war, trying desperately to stop another attack
“We tortured some folks,” he said.
“We crossed a line, and that needs to be understood and accepted.”
Not only did A US Senate investigation conclude the program was morally wrong, but also ineffective in extracting any information of value.
“This involved non-stop interrogation and abuse, 24/7 … and included multiple forms of deprivation and physical assault.”
The CIA’s then-director John Brennan acknowledged the program’s shortcomings and that the agency “made mistakes”.
“The most serious problems occurred early on and stemmed from the fact that the agency was unprepared and lacked the core competencies required to carry out an unprecedented, worldwide program of detaining and interrogating suspected Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorists,” he said when the report was released.
Zubaydah is still in American custody at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, unofficially known by the US as a “forever prisoner”.
“The best-case scenario is that he’ll be released. He’ll never be prosecuted,” one of Zubaydah’s long-term lawyers, Joe Margulies, told the ABC.
Who really is Abu Zubaydah?
Margulies’s view is in line with the conclusions of the Senate intelligence report, which found CIA records “do not support” claims Zubaydah “was one of the planners of the September 11 attacks”.
The Cornell University professor has litigated cases challenging the prisoner’s detention since 2007 and recently joined another in the US Supreme Court, seeking to hold John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to account, perhaps criminally.
Baher Azmy has also run Zubaydah’s cases for a decade.
At most, he describes the prisoner’s connection to Al Qaeda as “equivalent to a low-level travel agent”, while reserving his harshest criticism for the interrogation and detention regime itself.
“I don’t for one second believe Guantanamo justified any ends. It was in part security theatre, in part incompetence, and in part cruelty,” Azmy said.
“The government has largely conceded he is not who they thought he was, but are nevertheless detaining him so that he won’t reveal the monstrosities the US government did to him.”
After 19 years, Zubaydah is not only a forever prisoner among the last batch of 39 still being held in Guantanamo Bay’s Camp 5 prison, he holds the unwanted distinction of being its first.
If it sticks to its word, the Biden administration will have all remaining detainees out and the facility closed by the end of its term in early 2025.
After everything Abu Zubaydah has been through, his current circumstances approaching the anniversary of the attacks that changed the world remain a state secret.
“His condition and everything his lawyers learn from observing him and talking to him is classified, so I can’t tell you how he’s doing,” Margulies offered guardedly, before relaying his own observations at the 20-year milestone after 9/11.
“He was the poster child for the US torture program, he was the first person cast into a black site, he was the first person to have his interrogation enhanced,” Margulies said.
“No-one passes through that tunnel without serious damage.”
Margulies said the prison in Guantanamo Bay had become “a symbol of arrogance and hubris, of the willingness to cast people out”.
“No-one is beyond the circle of human care,” he said.
“Dignity is a non-negotiable right that all of us enjoy, simply by virtue of being human.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister, the Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, led the maritime response and security operations as the Coast Guard Activities New York Response Division chief, following the terrorist attacks in New York City, where he was stationed.
“Let us never forget the loss of loved ones and our shipmates … and honor the legacy that they left us,” said McAllister. “Let’s not forget how we are better as a unified country, as unified communities and a unified service. Let’s continue to try to overcome our divisions and be stronger together.”
During the ceremony, personal accounts of that day where given by Coast Guard personnel that served in New York City and the surrounding areas.
Among those who lost their lives, were Jeffrey Palazzo, a New York City firefighter; and Vincent Danz, a member of the New York City Police Department. Both were members of the Coast Guard Reserves and died heroically while responding at ground zero. To honor their sacrifice, the Coast Guard will name two new Sentinel-class fast response cutters after them.
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#AceNewsReport – Sept.11: Now one of the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies with 60,000 dedicated employees, CBP is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by highlighting the ways its operations have evolved over the past two decades…..
#AceDailyNews reports that the CBP Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 Protecting & Securing America’s Borders ….God Bless America 🙏’s
CBP Testimonials: This short video, “A Time for Courage,” includes interviews with personnel throughout CBP talking about why they serve, the significance of the anniversary, and how it influences their work at CBP.
CBP has also released video packages showing the progress made in securing the land, air and sea near our borders and showcasing technology used to screen passengers and cargo:
Air and Marine Operations (AMO): Created on Jan. 17, 2006, AMO merged legacy air and marine programs from the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Border Patrol and is responsible for safeguarding the nation from the air and sea. AMO agents have flown 1.3 million flight hours, conducted more than 537,000 float hours and seized or disrupted 10.8 million pounds of drugs in its 15 years. It is the agency’s smallest operational component with 1,800 agents.
Global Entry: Through Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, CBP can engage with potential travelers before they travel through an advanced inspection. Global Entry is CBP’s largest Trusted Traveler program, with dedicated kiosks at 76 airports, including all 15 preclearance locations. CBP has received approximately 12 million applications since the program was launched in 2008, and currently has 7.3 million members enrolled, including citizens from 17 partner countries around the world.
Simplified Arrival: Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. Facial biometrics provide travelers with a touchless process that further secures and streamlines international arrivals while fulfilling a longstanding Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens. To date, more than 88 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land and sea ports of entry. Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent nearly 870 imposters from illegally entering the United States by using genuine travel documents that were issued to other people.
Forward Operating Labs: Located at strategic locations throughout the country, these labs provide on-site, rapid analysis of suspected materials. Instead of transporting seizures from the front line to the lab, CBP can identify a threat faster and speed the time a case goes to prosecution.
Innovative Border Technology: USBP has increased its use of technology – including integrating small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) – to respond to known threats in real time, as well as to provide the best possible information of the types and frequency of illicit activity occurring along the border. Technology investments enable informed decision-making in response to target areas and detected illegal entries, and improve the safety and security of USBP agents and the traveling public.
Every day, the men and women at CBP make the commitment to protect our homeland and uphold our Nation’s law. The stories and videos released today are just a few of the many examples of how CBP’s work makes our country safer and stronger, and serves as a daily tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for others that day.
#AceDailyNews reports that Coast Guard Sector New York is hosting the event which will be attended by personnel from local New York Coast Guard units. The ceremony will honor the fallen and recognize the Coast Guard’s role during the maritime evacuation of Lower Manhattan on 9/11.
Coast Guard to hold 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Sept. 10
Who: Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard Commandant; Rear Adm. Thomas Allan, Coast Guard First District commander; and Capt. Zeita Merchant, Coast Guard Sector New York commander.
What: The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to honor the sacrifices of first responders and victims on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
When: 8 a.m., Friday, September 10
Where: Overlook at Hudson Road & Tompkins Street, Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, New York 10305
Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Coast Guard Public Affairs at (917) 703-0983.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: The order, coming little more than a week before the 20th anniversary of the attacks, is a significant moment in a years-long tussle between the government and the families over what classified information about the run-up to the attacks could be made public……
Mr Biden said he was making good on a campaign commitment by ordering the declassification review and pledged that his administration “will continue to engage respectfully with members of this community”.
“The significant events in question occurred two decades ago or longer, and they concern a tragic moment that continues to resonate in American history and in the lives of so many Americans,” the executive order states.
“It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States government maximises transparency, relying on classification only when narrowly tailored and necessary.”
The order directs the Justice Department and other executive branch agencies to begin a declassification review, and requires that declassified documents be released over the next six months.
Brett Eagleson, whose father Bruce was among the World Trade Center victims and who is an advocate for other victims’ relatives, commended the action as a “critical first step”.
He said the families would be closely watching the process to make sure that the Justice Department follows through and acts “in good faith”.
“The first test will be on 9/11, and the world will be watching. We look forward to thanking President Biden in person next week as he joins us at Ground Zero to honour those who died or were injured 20 years ago,” Eagleson said.
Victims’ families want FBI to locate key evidence
The practical impact of the executive order and any new documents it might yield was not immediately clear.
A long-running lawsuit in federal court in New York aims to hold the Saudi government accountable and alleges that Saudi officials provided significant support to some of the hijackers before the attacks.
The lawsuit took a major step forward this year with the questioning under oath of former Saudi officials, and family members have long regarded the disclosure of declassified documents as an important step in making their case.
The Saudi government has denied any connection to the attacks.
Fifteen of the hijackers were Saudi, as was Osama bin Laden, whose Al Qaeda network was behind the attacks.
Particular scrutiny has centred on the support offered to the first two hijackers to arrive in the US, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, including from a Saudi national with ties to the Saudi government who helped the men find and lease an apartment in San Diego and who had earlier attracted FBI scrutiny.
Though many documents examining potential Saudi ties have been released, US officials have long regarded other records as too sensitive for disclosure.
Victims’ families and survivors this week urged the US Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the FBI’s apparent inability to locate key pieces of evidence they’ve been seeking.
The Justice Department revealed last month that the FBI had recently completed an investigation examining certain 9/11 hijackers and potential co-conspirators, and that it was working toward providing more information.
Under the terms of the executive order, the FBI must complete by September 11 its declassification review of documents from that probe, which it has referred to as the “Subfile Investigation”.
Additional documents, including phone and bank records and investigative findings, are to be reviewed with an eye for disclosure over the course of the next six months.
#AceNewsReport – July.08: US forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, exactly 20 years since 9/11. There are strong indications that the withdrawal may be complete before the official deadline.
Timeline: #Taliban battle their way into western Afghan city as U.S. troops are preparing to leave Afghanistanby no later than 11th September 2021: The anniversary of 9/11
11 September 2001
Al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, carries out the largest terror attack ever conducted on US soil.Image caption The World Trade Centre is reduced to rubble Image copyright by Getty
Four commercial airliners are hijacked. Two are flown into the World Trade Centre in New York, which collapses. One hits the Pentagon building in Washington, and one crashes into a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people are killed.
First air strikes
7 October 2001
A US-led coalition bombs Taliban and al-Qaeda facilities in Afghanistan. Targets include Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad.
The Taliban, who took power after a decade-long Soviet occupation was followed by civil war, refuse to hand over Bin Laden. Their air defences and small fleet of fighter aircraft are destroyed.
Fall of Kabul
13 November 2001
The Northern Alliance, a group of anti-Taliban rebels backed by coalition forces, enters Kabul as the Taliban flee the city.Image caption Coalition-backed Northern Alliance fighters ride tanks into Kabul as the Taliban retreat Image copyright by Getty
By the 13 November 2001, all Taliban have either fled or been neutralised. Other cities quickly fall.
26 January 2004
After protracted negotiations at a “loya jirga” or grand assembly, the new Afghan constitution is signed into law. The constitution paves the way for presidential elections in October 2004.
Hamid Karzai becomes president
7 December 2004Image caption Hamid Karzai led anti-Taliban groups around Kandahar before becoming president Image copyright by Getty
Hamid Karzai, the leader of the Popalzai Durrani tribe, becomes the first president under the new constitution. He serves two five-year terms as president.
UK troops deployed to Helmand
British troops arrive in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold in the south of the country.Image caption Soldiers of the Parachute Regiment lead the first UK deployment to Helmand Image copyright by Getty
Their initial mission is to support reconstruction projects, but they are quickly drawn into combat operations. More than 450 British troops lose their lives in Afghanistan over the course of the conflict.
17 February 2009
US President Barack Obama approves a major increase in the number of troops sent to Afghanistan. At their peak, they number about 140,000.Image caption US troops in intense combat operations in the south of the country Image copyright by Getty
The so-called “surge” is modelled on US strategy in Iraq where US forces focussed on protecting the civilian population as well as killing insurgent fighters.
Osama Bin Laden killed
2 May 2011Image caption Bin Laden is traced to a compound located less than a mile from a Pakistani military academy Image copyright by Getty
The leader of al-Qaeda is killed in an assault by US Navy Seals on a compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan. Bin Laden’s body is removed and buried at sea. The operation ends a 10-year hunt led by the CIA. The confirmation that Bin Laden had been living on Pakistani soil fuels accusations in the US that Pakistan is an unreliable ally in the war on terror.
Death of Mullah Omar
23 April 2013
The founder of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, dies. His death is kept secret for more than two years.Image caption The Taliban leader is believed to have suffered a shrapnel wound to his right eye in the 1980s Image copyright by EPA
According to Afghan intelligence, Mullah Omar dies of health problems at a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi. Pakistan denies that he was in the country.
Nato ends combat operations
28 December 2014
At a ceremony in Kabul, Nato ends its combat operations in Afghanistan. With the surge now over, the US withdraws thousands of troops. Most of those who remain focus on training and supporting the Afghan security forces.
The Taliban launch a series of suicide attacks, car bombings and other assaults. The parliament building in Kabul, and the city of Kunduz are attacked. Islamic State militants begin operations in Afghanistan.Image caption Kabul’s international airport is struck on 10 August 2015 Image copyright by Getty
Death toll announcement
25 January 2019
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says more than 45,000 members of his country’s security forces have been killed since he became leader in 2014. The figure is far higher than previously thought.
US signs deal with Taliban
29 February 2020
The US and the Taliban sign an “agreement for bringing peace” to Afghanistan, in Doha, Qatar. The US and Nato allies agree to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.Image caption The deal lays out a timetable for full withdrawal Image copyright by Getty
Date for final withdrawal
11 September 2021
US forces are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, exactly 20 years since 9/11. There are strong indications that the withdrawal may be complete before the official deadline.