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Biden decides not to extend withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan

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Washington, Aug 24 (AP) US President Joe Biden has decided not to extend the August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American and allied Afghan citizens from Afghanistan. An administrative official gave this information on Tuesday. Biden has taken this decision after discussions with the National Security Team. Sensing the danger that forces remain in Afghanistan after the deadline, they have opted to complete the evacuation mission by next Tuesday. On August 15, long before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, it was Biden himself.

Washington, Aug 24 (AP) US President Joe Biden has decided not to extend the August 31 deadline for the evacuation of American and allied Afghan citizens from Afghanistan. An administrative official gave this information on Tuesday. Biden has taken this decision after discussions with the National Security Team. Sensing the danger that forces remain in Afghanistan after the deadline, they have opted to complete the evacuation mission by next Tuesday. This deadline was set by Biden himself, long before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15.

The official said Biden has asked his national security team to have a contingency plan ready in case the deadline needs to be extended.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told a news conference on Tuesday that his group would not accept the extension.

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Earlier, John Kirby, the Defense Ministry’s press secretary at the Pentagon, told reporters that he had seen statements made by a Taliban spokesman on the August 31 deadline. He said, “I think, we all understand that idea. Our goal is to get as many people out as possible. Although, we are happy that we were able to evacuate more people tomorrow but we are not going to stop at this. Our focus is on how well we do by the end of the month.”

AP Zoheb Naresh

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