Allies pushing Biden to extend Afghanistan August 31 Deadline to continue evacuation


President Joe Biden will be pushed by his allies to extend his voluntary evacuation operation from Kabul beyond his voluntary August 31 deadline in a warning that the Taliban will have “results.” ..

At an emergency virtual G7 summit in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Britain urges Biden to keep U.S. forces in the country after the end of August so that it can continue its evacuation flight from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. It’s a schedule.

Virtual negotiations are taking place as vulnerable Afghans fearing a vengeful crackdown by Taliban terrorist groups, and foreigners continue to gather at Kabul’s international airport in hopes of escaping the country.

France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said on Monday that “it will take additional time to complete the ongoing operation,” France said, “we are concerned about the deadline set by the United States.” Stated.

German Foreign Minister Mars said the virtual conference needed to reach an agreement on whether to extend the deadline and how to improve access to Kabul’s airport.

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Special Purpose Marine Corps Aviation Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command will provide assistance during the evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 22, 2021. (Sgt.Samuel Ruiz / US Marine Corps via AP)

Separately on Monday, House intelligence chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif) was confident that the evacuation would be completed by the August 31 deadline after being briefed by intelligence officials on the issue. Said not.

“I think it’s possible, but given the number of Americans still needing to evacuate, I think it’s very unlikely,” Schiff said.

Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser at the White House, said the United States is in talks with the Taliban daily and is making “significant progress” in the evacuation of Americans and others from Kabul.

Sullivan added that Biden was confident that he could evacuate all Americans from the country by a deadline he had set.

“I believe we can afford to drive out American citizens who want to leave Kabul in the remaining days,” Sullivan said at a White House press conference on Monday.

Biden said yesterday that evacuation efforts have “a long way to go” and “many things may still go wrong.”

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U.S. Air Force crew members assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Air Force Squadron will board a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to assist Afghanistan’s evacuation at Hamidkarzai International Airport on August 21, 2021. We support qualified evacuees. / US Air Force via AP)

The United States has evacuated more than 37,000 people from Afghanistan since August 14. Sullivan said During a press conference on Monday.

“In the last 24 hours alone, 28 US military flights have evacuated about 10,400 people from Kabul,” said a national security adviser.

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen warned on Monday that the consequences would be if Biden did not withdraw all troops by his voluntary deadline. The militant group that seized control of Kabul on August 15 has not identified what the consequences will be.

The White House did not immediately respond to the Epoch Times’ request for comment.

Isabelle van Brugen

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.

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