Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Afghanistan crisis: Biden says US troops may stay past withdrawal deadline

US President Joe Biden has said US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond his withdrawal deadline, as armed Taliban fighters kept desperate evacuees from reaching Kabul’s airport.

Mr Biden wants US forces out by the end of this month, but up to 15,000 US citizens are stranded in the country.

The US president told ABC News the turmoil in Kabul was unavoidable. Foreign governments are ramping up the airlift of Western citizens and Afghans who worked with them.

Washington has pledged to evacuate all remaining American citizens, along with 50-65,000 Afghans – such as former translators for the US military.

In total, America has evacuated more than 5,200 people to date, including 2,000 in the last 24 hours.

Source: BBC News


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