Biden news: Psaki says there is no quid pro quo with the Taliban, Blinken says 1,500 Americans are still in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken says 1,500 Americans are still in Afghanistan

Joe Biden He was accused of signing death warrants for Afghans who aided the United States after he refused to extend his August 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

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

For its part, the Taliban He began blocking access to Kabul airport, preventing escape. At the White House Briefing Wednesday Press Secretary Jin Psaki He said there was no barter with the Taliban when asked if they would offer money or supplies in exchange for their cooperation.

The Pentagon said a helicopter rescue operation outside the airport perimeter brought more people to the airport under cover of darkness. This is the third mission of its kind confirmed by a spokesperson.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Anthony Blink They say they estimate there are 1,500 Americans still in Afghanistan, including 500 now directed to the airport and a group of schoolchildren on a flight from California.

Meanwhile, two lawmakers who traveled to Kabul to “supervise” the eviction have come under fire for their “unannounced trip on Instagram”. The Pentagon says their presence “took time” away from other operations.

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Biden accused of signing a “death warrant” for Afghans

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham accused Joe Biden of signing execution warrants for “thousands of Afghans who helped us” and washing his hands of the country.

In a series of tweets and on the right-wing TV channel Newsmax, Graham attacked the Democratic president’s handling of the crisis.

“I didn’t think anyone could screw up the world like that,” he told Newsmax.

“If you think that leaving Afghanistan ended the war between the United States and radical Islam, you are making a huge mistake – we are naked and blind in Afghanistan.”

Newsmax is a pro-Trump channel that has repeatedly aired conspiracy theories about the 2020 US elections. Along with OANN of a similar nature, it is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for “false and fabricated stories about election fraud”.

Mr. Graham strongly opposed Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House, but changed his stance after his 2016 victory and became a slave supporter.

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, criticized Biden after the president insisted that US forces leave Afghanistan by August 31.

He said, “The way President Biden cuts and flees Afghanistan is a fiasco. He continues to tell the world that the greatest superpower in world history, under his supervision, will allow terrorists and thugs to drive us everywhere.”

“The President needs a clear and resolute declaration that the United States will remain for as long as necessary and use whatever force is necessary to ensure that we do not abandon our people or our friends. But he continues to pay more attention to arbitrary timelines than to reality.”

McConnell’s criticism reflected his reaction to Donald Trump’s deal with the Taliban last year that formalized the US plan to leave Afghanistan. A quick withdrawal, he said at the time, “would hurt our allies and please people who wish us harm.”

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 09:59

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Biden meets tech chiefs as he reconciles domestic issues with the Afghan crisis

Joe Biden is set to meet with top technology executives and financial chiefs today as he seeks the private sector’s help in strengthening cybersecurity defenses against increasingly sophisticated attacks.

The summit comes during a relentless period of ransomware attacks targeting critical infrastructure, in some cases extorting millions of dollars in payments from major companies, as well as other illicit cyber operations that US authorities have linked to foreign hackers.

Although ransomware is a focus of Wednesday’s meeting, the purpose of the meeting is broader and focuses on identifying “root causes of malicious cyber activities” and ways in which the private sector can help enhance cybersecurity, said a senior administration official briefed Correspondents gathered on condition of anonymity.

Among the expected guests at Wednesday’s summit are Apple President Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Andy Gacy, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The technology industry is also expected to be represented by leaders from IBM, Microsoft, and ADP.

Additional Reports from AP

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 10:18

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Democrats stick to Biden on Afghanistan despite criticism of withdrawal

Many House Democrats continue to support Joe Biden’s exit plan for Afghanistan despite criticism of how the exit is handled, Writes Eric Garcia.

Representative Sherry Bustos of Illinois, who will retire at the end of the term, said the White House is doing its best to leave on time.

“They are doing everything they can to get them out and get the Americans out, and they have a sense of urgency to get the job done,” said Ms. Bustos, a moderate Democrat who hails from a district who voted for Donald Trump in 2016. and 2020.

John SharmanAugust 25, 2021 10:37

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