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Biden Bows to Taliban — Sticks to August 31st Deadline

Showing no strength whatsoever, Biden bows to the Taliban and sticks to the August 31st deadline despite G7 leaders urging an extension to the deadline.

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The White House said Tuesday that the U.S. ‘expectation’ is that U.S. citizens and Afghans applying for special visas will be able to reach the packed airport in Kabul – amid the first signs of the beginning of the departure of U.S. troops from the country.

U.S. officials acknowledged on Tuesday that troops deployed at the airport to provide security and facilitate the evacuation would need to begin their own deployment in advance of the August 31st withdrawal date, which President Biden has decided to stick by despite allies urging a delay to facilitate further efforts.

A diplomatic source in Washington said allies had been warned to expect that U.S. forces would begin their ‘retrograde’ from Hamid Karzai Airport on Tuesday in order to be out by the end of the month.

‘We expect that they will be able to reach the airport,’ said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a briefing that was delayed by more than an hour amid the turmoil – despite the Taliban saying it would no longer allow Afghans to leave the country and media reports that Taliban checkpoints have stopped people at the airport gates.

Her comments came on a day when President Biden’s own speech on the constantly changing situation in Afghanistan originally set for noon was delayed by more than four hours amid the drama.

Psaki was confronted with a series of questions about whether Biden would honor the deadline, after a Taliban spokesman said the U.S. would provoke a reaction by staying beyond the deadline. And she again flat-out rejected the notion that Americans were ‘stranded’ in the war-torn country.

She also repeatedly pointed to the threat by ISIS-K, a local affiliate of the terror group, calling the threat ‘quite real’ amid the U.S. troop presence.

She bristled when confronted with an anecdote about an Afghan woman in the country who said she had been unable to contact the U.S. government about her desire to depart.

‘I would welcome you providing their phone number and we will reach out to them today, and I can assure you of that,’ she told Peter Doocy of Fox News.

‘If we are not in touch with this individual, give me her contact information, and we will get in touch with them. If any of you are hearing from American citizens who can’t reach us, give me their contact information, and we will get in contact with them,’ she told reporters.

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