U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Scott uses his weapon's scope to scan the area while providing security from his battle position during an escort detail at Forward Operating Base Farah in Afghanistan's Farah province on April 7, 2012. Scott is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah's security force. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady, U.S. Air Force. (Released)
President Biden must soon make a key decision about American troop levels in Afghanistan. There are currently about 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan, but under a deal negotiated last year between the United States and the Taliban all American troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 2021.
This deal was negotiated by the Trump administration and it is unclear whether or not the new Biden administration will honor it.
We kick off discussing the recent history of US military involvement in Afghanistan from 2001, when the first special forces and CIA officers deployed to help evict the Taliban from power. We discuss some of the choices previous presidents have made about the role of the US military in Afghanistan before having a longer discussion about the decision now facing the Biden administration.