Biden announces end to 20-year war in Afghanistan, withdrawing troops

President Joe Biden visited Arlington Cemetery to honor those who have lost their lives over the past two decades. He said he will withdraw all U.S. troops by Sept. 11, 2021.
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Transcript for Biden announces end to 20-year war in Afghanistan, withdrawing troops
We turn now to news on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan. President Biden revealing his plan for all U.S. Troops to leave Afghanistan by September 11th. The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And what the CIA director said just today about the risk if U.S. Troops leave. Here's Mary Bruce tonight. Reporter: At Arlington cemetery tonight, president Biden honoring the lives lost as he announced he's ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan, withdrawing all U.S. Troops by this September 11th. It's time to end America's longest war. Reporter: Over the last two decades, 2,312 Americans were killed. More than 20,000 wounded. And nearly $825 billion were spent. Biden said the U.S. Has succeeded. We delivered justice to bin laden a decade ago, and we have stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan become increasingly unclear. Reporter: On capitol hill today, the head of the CIA with a sobering assessment. When the time comes for the U.S. Military to withdraw, the U.S. Government's ability to collect and act on threats will diminish. That is simply a fact. Reporter: But he also said Al Qaeda, the group behind 9/11, does not have the capacity today to carry out an attack against the U.S. Mary with us live from the white house. We noted while we were on the air that the president was speaking today from the treaty room, the same room where president George W. Bush told the nation nearly 20 years ago that we were in Afghanistan. Now, president Biden saying we must end this forever war. President Biden saying he spoke with former president bush? Reporter: Yes, he spoke with him yesterday. He did not say how the former president responded. But he stressed they're absolutely united in their respect and support for the valor and courage of the men and women who served.

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