10 things you need to know today: April 14, 2021

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1. Biden to announce withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

President Biden will withdraw the last U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan by or before Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that triggered America's longest war, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the timetable. Biden is expected to announce Wednesday that he will leave thousands of troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline set in negotiations last year between the Trump administration and the Taliban, which has vowed to renew attacks on U.S. and NATO soldiers if they stay longer. Setting a "clear plan to exit" is necessary to avoid renewed war after the deadline passes, one official said. The Taliban did not immediately release a response to the reports of Biden's plans. U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan fluctuates, and is currently about 1,000 above the official target level of 2,500, the Post reported.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.