Taliban warns US of consequences if it extends date for withdrawal of troops
Taliban threatens that there will be ‘consequences’ if the deadline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is extended beyond August 31.
This warning from the Taliban seems well-timed with G7 leaders set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Kabul.
A spokesperson for the Taliban, Suhail Shaheen, said the August 31 deadline for withdrawal of US troops is a “red line”.
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations, the answer is no,” Suhail Shaheen told Sky News
He went on to say that there will be “consequences” if the deadline for withdrawal is extended.
Foreign countries, particularly the US and UK, are scrambling to evacuate thousands of their own citizens as well as Afghan partners ahead of the August 31 deadline.
In addition, thousands of Afghans desperate to leave the country.
Many afare also rushing to the Kabul airport. The resulting chaos has led to nearly 20 deaths.
American security forces have been in control of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul ever since Taliban took control of the country on August 15.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has even allowed domestic air carriers and civilian pilots to fly into Kabul for evacuation operations with prior approval from the Department of Defence in a bid to get as many people out of Kabul as possible.
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