Biden to stick to August 31 Afghanistan pullout deadline

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US President Joe Biden has decided to stick to his August 31 deadline to pull American forces out of Afghanistan, US media reported Tuesday.

Biden made the decision after talks with G7 counterparts and a demand by the Taliban that the United States not extend its stay past the end of this month, CNN, Fox News and other media reported, citing senior US officials.

He was expected to announce his decision Tuesday afternoon amid concerns that US citizens and thousands of Afghans who worked for American and allied coalition troops in the country could be left behind.

It means that the nearly 6,000 US troops who have taken control of Kabul s Hamid Karzai international Airport since August 14 have just seven days to wind up their operation and exit.—Agencies


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