In remarks over the weekend, President Biden seemed open to extending the Aug. 31 deadline on American troop withdrawal - something that the Taliban is now warning against. State Department officials remained coy on the deadline today, adding that it doesn't affect efforts to evacuate those who want to leave Afghanistan. It comes as roughly 16,000 people have been evacuated out of Kabul in the last 24 hours, bringing that total to nearly 37,000. In that same timeframe, some 1,300 evacuees arrived at Dulles International Airport on five flights while 1,200 Afghans have been distributed between four US bases: Fort Lee, Fort McCoy, Fort Bliss, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
August 23, 2021