Biden reportedly chooses not to extend Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline for US troops in Afghanistan

by Sami Burgaz
US president to speak publicly on matter following G7 meeting.

WASHINGTON (AA) – US President Joe Biden has chosen not to unilaterally extend his Aug. 31 deadline for the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, according to media reports published on Tuesday.

Multiple news outlets reported on the decision, all citing anonymous sources, after the Taliban warned against any extension beyond the previously announced date.

Biden had left the door open to extending the deadline amid ongoing evacuation efforts. The matter was expected to be addressed among allies during a virtual G7 leaders meeting in which UK Premier Boris Johnson was expected to push for keeping forces in the country beyond August.

The president is expected to speak publicly about Afghanistan on Tuesday.


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