Taliban threatens US troops as Biden skips deadline

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Afghan security personnel gather at the site of bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.

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The Taliban is warning that US troops in Afghanistan will be hit with new attacks — now that the May 1 withdrawal deadline promised last year by President Trump has passed.

Afghan security personnel gather at the site of bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb. 26, 2020.
AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

The insurgent group’s fighters will “take every counteraction it deems appropriate against the occupying forces,” a Taliban spokesman tweeted Saturday.

Chinook helicopters fly over the Paktia's mountains province near Khost
Chinook helicopters fly over the Paktia’s mountains province near Khost.
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Security checkpoints were tightened in Kabul and other cities, and military patrols were stepped up on their streets, according to reports.

U.S. soldiers, part of the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol west of Kabul, Afghanistan
US soldiers, part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force patrol west of Kabul, Afghanistan.
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The warning came on May 1, the date that Trump and Taliban leaders had agreed on as the end of the two-decade American military presence in the strife-torn nation.

Taliban forces suspended assaults on coalition forces after signing a peace agreement that specified the withdrawal date last February.

a NATO armoured vehicle patrols inside a US military base in Kandahar.
A NATO armored vehicle patrols inside a US military base in Kandahar on April 29, 2021.
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But President Biden extended the deadline, pledging instead to pull US troops out by Sept. 11.

a vacated US military base at Kandahar International Airport.
A vacated US military base at Kandahar International Airport on April 29, 2021.
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