The deadline for an emergency evacuation at the Kabul airport by the United States and its NATO allies is inexorably coming to an end. The Taliban have already said that everyone who wants to leave the country must have time to do so in August.
Despite the fact that about 70 thousand people have already been evacuated, several times more are unlikely to be able to leave the country, captured by the Talibanand their lives will be in jeopardy. The White House has already admitted that time is sorely lacking, and they will not have time to take out many of their assistants, Interfax reports, citing CNN.
However, a high-ranking source of the TV channel in the administration of the American president recalls that Biden at the G7 summit assured that the evacuation process could continue after the deadline set by the Taliban, that is, after August 31. However, it is not clear how these intentions will be implemented in practice. Despite the continued control of the airport by the US military, Taliban detachments hold all approaches and entrances to it. The G7 countries are putting pressure on Biden, as they consider it necessary to control the Kabul airport until the evacuation is fully completed.
However, according to DW, the US President, despite the assurances of the G7 partners, intends to complete the process by August 31: “The sooner we finish this, the better.” On Tuesday, August 24, the American president said that he did not intend to extend the period for the evacuation of foreigners and Afghans who received such a right from Kabul. He emphasizes that every hour spent on the territory of the country increases the risks:
“Every day we are there is the day that we know the Islamic State is trying to hit the airport and attack the US and allied forces.”
The US Department of Defense plans to withdraw all American troops, including from the airport in the capital of Afghanistan, by the end of August. The goal is to complete the evacuation operation by that date, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. Earlier, the Taliban Islamists said they would not agree to possible US plans to extend the presence. The Taliban also banned the export of currency and antiques from the country. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the movement, said that the export of currency and historical values is prohibited “both by land and by air” and they will be confiscated. This is an immediate reaction of the Taliban to the decision of the United States and the World Bank, which stopped supplying dollars to Afghanistan.