There is a rescue, there may be an extension
Speaking in detail, Taylor said about 16,000 people were evacuated from Kabul in the past day through 28 military flights and 61 coalition aircraft. He added that during this time, military flights transported about 10,400 people, while coalition flights transported an additional 5,900 people from the Asian country. The brigade also reported that during the past 24 hours, five flights carrying about 1,300 passengers landed at Dulles International Airport in the US federal capital, Washington, DC.
Our mission continues to ensure a continuous flow of refugees from Kabul to intermediate stations and safe havens.
Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said at a news conference on Monday. “Thousands of Americans” have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 14, but they declined to say how many.
Kirby also spoke about: The Pentagon understands that the Taliban has sent the United States to withdraw all military forces from Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline, And they want to continue to do so. “This is the mission entrusted to us by the Commander in Chief of the Army (US President Joe Biden), and this is what we are trying to achieve,” the spokesman said. Kirby reported that the Pentagon negotiates “several times a day” with the Taliban.
On Sunday, the US president spoke of agreeing to extend the deadline if necessary. “Hopefully we won’t need an extension, but there will be disagreements about that,” Biden said.
The US President’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan confirmed at the press conference on Monday that the US is negotiating with the Taliban on a daily basis “through political and security channels.” That would lead to “tremendous progress” in driving the Americans and others out of Afghanistan, Sullivan added.
Asked whether President Biden would extend the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of US military forces, the national security adviser replied: “The president will take up the issue on a daily basis and make his decision.”
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