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Withdrawal from Afghanistan on deadline, dependent on Taliban’s cooperation: Biden

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(Lalit K. Jha) Washington, Aug 25 (PTI) US President Joe Biden has said that the operation to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by August 31 is going on “rapidly” but it will be completed within the stipulated time frame. will depend on the cooperation of The US currently has about 5,800 troops at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, “Right now we are moving very fast towards completing the evacuation operation by August 31.” The sooner we get it done, the better. campaign every day

(Lalit K. Jha) Washington, Aug 25 (PTI) US President Joe Biden has said the operation to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by August 31 is progressing “rapidly”, but completing the deadline will depend on the Taliban’s cooperation.

The US currently has about 5,800 troops at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, “Right now we are moving very fast towards completing the evacuation operation by August 31.” The sooner we get it done, the better. The risk to our soldiers is increasing every day in the campaign. But its completion by August 31 depends on the Taliban’s continued cooperation, allowing people to access the airport and not obstructing our operations.

The US had announced the withdrawal of all its troops by August 31, and the Taliban had occupied Afghanistan on August 15, two weeks before that. The Taliban have also warned the US to complete its evacuation operation by August 31.

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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday that the US would stick to its own set of deadlines. “After this we will not allow people from Afghanistan to go on evacuation flights.”

Biden said that he has spoken to the Pentagon and the Interior Ministry in this regard. “I am committed to ensuring that we fulfill our mission… I am also alert to the growing threat… There are big challenges that need to be addressed. The longer we stay, the more attacks in Afghanistan by the ISIS-affiliated ISIS-K, which is also an enemy of the Taliban.

Biden said the Taliban was cooperating, however, so that “we can get our people out”. But it is a difficult situation.”

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