U.S hopes to complete Afghanistan evacuation before deadline as Taliban warns against extension.
Written by crest887fm on August 24, 2021
The U.S aims to complete evacuations from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan by August 31 withdrawal deadline as calls grow from allies to extend it.
The Pentagon said it was not yet at the point to seek a change, although the UK, France and Germany will step up pressure at a G7 conference Today.
The Taliban told newsmen that any extension would violate an agreed deal.
Tens of thousands have been evacuated, but others seeking to flee remain crammed in or near Kabul airport.
US Maj-Gen Hank Taylor said at a Pentagon briefing that 16,000 people had been evacuated from Kabul airport in the 24 hours to 07:00 GMT on Monday.
This brings the total evacuated on US flights since an intense airlift started on 14 August to 37,000, Gen Taylor said.
The airlift began as the Taliban moved into Kabul following a lightning campaign that has seen them take over almost all of the country in the wake of the US decision to withdraw forces.
The UK, France and Germany have all indicated evacuations will have to continue beyond the deadline.