Biden news live: President refuses to extend deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing the threat of terrorism to US forces

Biden has ‘contingency plan’ if Afghanistan evacuation misses deadline

Joe Biden He refused to extend his August 31 deadline to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan Despite the objections of his allies in the Group of Seven.

The US president said its personnel face an increased risk of ISIS suicide attacks, adding, “The sooner we finish, the better.”

European leaders fear that thousands of people exposed to Afghanistan’s religious rule will be left behind. For its part, the Taliban He began blocking access to Kabul airport, preventing escape.


Taliban harass people with evacuation documents

independentKim Sengupta reported that the Taliban are now holding Afghans with evacuation papers, while tightening their grip on society ahead of Joe Biden’s looming August 31 withdrawal deadline.

Meanwhile, Politico reported that even US citizens with US passports were turned away by guards at Kabul airport.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 09:40


The UK will use the ‘hourly’ available for evacuation flights

Britain will use “every hour” available to operate evacuation flights as the stampede intensifies in Kabul, after Joe Biden insisted that the United States withdraw on August 31, according to the foreign secretary.

Dominic Raab told BBC Radio 4 Today Program: “We will use every hour and day we have to maximize this productivity to remove as many of these remaining cases as possible.”

However, he refused to indulge in reports that flights may end on Friday due to military reasons.

“Military planners are working during the limited time they need to pull their personnel and equipment, so they will prove those details,” he said.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 09:31


Analysis of yesterday’s G7 disappointment for Boris Johnson is a major political commentator.

Boris Johnson held a G7 video meeting because the UK happened to take over the rotating presidency of the organization this year, and wanted to be seen doing something when Kabul fell to the Taliban, Writes John Rintoul.

But the real summit meeting actually took place in Kabul, between William Burns, the director of the CIA, and Mullah Baradar, of the Taliban.

It was assumed that at that meeting the United States agreed to abide by the August 31 deadline to leave Afghanistan. The alternative, after all, was to go to war with the Taliban.

Perhaps the main topic on the agenda at that meeting was what it would take to ensure that the last flights of US forces departed in good shape.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 09:12


The US military develops contingency plans to stay in Afghanistan after August 31

Joe Biden is determined to end the US presence in Afghanistan on August 31.

However, he said that date depends in part on how the Taliban behave.

On Tuesday, in a speech that came five hours later than expected, the US president said Afghanistan’s returning religious rulers should continue to “cooperate and allow access to the airport for those transported abroad and not disrupt our operations.”

Later, his press secretary, Jen Psaki, added, “The President has asked the Pentagon and State Department contingency plans to adjust the schedule if this becomes necessary.”

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 09:02


An opinion poll showed that only one in four Americans approve of Biden’s administration to withdraw from Afghanistan

Only about a quarter of Americans give Joe Biden positive signs of his handling of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, even as the majority continue to say that America’s exit is a good idea overall, Writes John Bowden.

An August 19-23 USA Today/University of Suffolk poll showed that only 26 percent of respondents agreed with the way Biden managed the evacuations from Kabul, while 53 percent agreed that the United States still needed to leave the country.

The survey illustrates the wide gap between how supporters of the withdrawal expected the US government to manage the removal of American civilians and their allies, and the actual reality that emerged over the past week after Kabul fell to Taliban forces last Sunday.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 08:53


The United Kingdom resigned due to Washington’s decision

Dominic Raab, the UK’s foreign secretary, reached a defeated tone on Wednesday morning when asked about the evacuation efforts.

Asked about the G7 meeting on Tuesday, the August 31 deadline, and Joe Biden’s comment, Raab told the BBC, the sooner the evacuation in Afghanistan ended, the better. breakfast: “Well, it is clear that the troops will be withdrawn by the end of the month.”

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 08:34


Biden refuses to budge on withdrawal deadline

Here is our nightly story with all the details about Boris Johnson’s failed attempt to buy more time to flee the Afghans.

Afghans face a dark and dangerous future after Boris Johnson and other leaders failed to persuade the United States to extend the deadline for evacuation flights, while the Taliban said citizens would no longer be allowed to go to the airport.

With the window of escape quickly closing, there are deep fears among those who fear Taliban persecution that they will be abandoned, trapped in a country cut off from the outside world, Writes Kim Sengupta And Andrew Woodcock.

It was reported last night that both Britain and the United States could withdraw even before August 31 due to the need to withdraw troops – perhaps in less than 36 hours.

Several G7 leaders – believed to include French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as well as the prime minister – have expressed concern that thousands will be left behind due to Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 08:31

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