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US should determine shortly on whether or not to increase Aug 31 Afghan evacuation deadline

Canadian particular forces are working outdoors the airport in an effort to carry as many eligible folks as attainable via safety gates amid an more and more harmful safety scenario, a senior Canadian authorities official mentioned.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s workplace mentioned he and Biden agreed to work collectively to make sure all these eligible to depart Afghanistan have been ready to take action, even after the preliminary evacuation part ended.

An area Taliban militant, talking to a big crowd in Kabul, urged Afghans to stay.

“The place has our honour gone to? The place has our dignity gone to?” the unidentified militant mentioned. “We won’t let the Individuals proceed to be right here. They should depart this place. Whether or not it’s a gun or a pen, we’ll combat to our final breath.” The Taliban seized energy final week as the USA and its allies withdrew troops after a 20-year struggle launched within the weeks after the Sep 11, 2001, assaults.

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Panicked Afghans and foreigners have thronged the airport since, clamouring to catch any flight out. Many worry reprisals and a return to a harsh model of Islamic legislation that the Taliban enforced whereas in energy from 1996 to 2001.

Twenty folks have been killed within the chaos, most in shootings and stampedes, as US and worldwide forces attempt to carry order. One member of the Afghan forces was killed and several other wounded in Monday’s conflict, the US army mentioned.

Whereas 1000’s of individuals have been airlifted out of Afghanistan, a British authorities spokesperson mentioned British evacuations couldn’t proceed as soon as US troops depart.

French Overseas Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian additionally mentioned extra time was wanted. “We’re involved in regards to the Aug 31 deadline set by the USA,” he mentioned.

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