/ 25 August 2021

Biden sticks to the Afghanistan evacuation deadline

The G7 has assembled online, and US President Joe Biden was not swayed to extend America’s military presence in Afghanistan beyond the end of this month. About 6,000 US troops are playing a pivotal role at Kabul’s International Airport, including keeping the airspace open for planes to land and take off. What G7 leaders said after the meeting is that they will now press the Taliban to allow people to leave the country in September and beyond – something the Islamist militants say they will not do. Overnight, the Taliban said it is still allowing foreign nationals to leave but it is now stopping Afghan nationals from reaching the airport. The United States and allied countries flew nearly 21,700 people out of Kabul in a 24-hour window ending Tuesday, the White House said. In the last 10 days, the US alone has evacuated more than 58,000 people from Kabul.

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