Biden is on the Clock to Determine if He’ll Follow Taliban Withdrawal Deadline

Biden has 24 hours to decide on extending Aug. 31 deadline: report

2021-08-24 14:03:45



President Biden has 24 hours to decide whether to extend the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan — as he also prepares to face frustrated G7 leaders, who have been left scrambling to evacuate their own citizens in the chaos.

The military informed the administration on Monday of the tight timeline because the Pentagon said it will require days to fly out the 6,000 troops deployed to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport during the airlift and the other civilians still awaiting flights, Reuters reported. 

Biden could make the decision Tuesday when he discusses the situation with the leaders of the G-7 nations.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the virtual meeting, is expected to press Biden to delay the withdrawal so allies can have more time to evacuate their citizens and Afghans who worked with their governments and military during the 20-year war.


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