Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that the United States must finish evacuating people from Afghanistan by Joe Biden's set date for withdrawal of U.S. troops, which is August 31. He added that the Taliban will not accept any "extensions" to that deadline.
Even as many Afghans are desperate to escape the Taliban takeover, Mujahid maintained that life in the country is returning to normal, except for the chaos at the airport.
* PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS AGREED WITH PENTAGON RECOMMENDATION TO STICK WITH AUG 31 AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE - ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL@reuters
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) August 24, 2021
Unfortunately, Biden's deadline is not feasible, and evacuations will not be finished by then. The Taliban enforcing that date either means that Americans will be stuck there, or there will have to be bloodshed....which is what there should have been when the Taliban attacked Kabul.
“We are not in favour of allowing Afghans to leave”
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid adds it would be a “violation” of the agreement to allow evacuations of foreign nationals beyond 31 August
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) August 24, 2021
After making a secret visit to Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Reps. Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer are blowing the whistle on President Joe Biden's evacuation deadline. They revealed that evacuations cannot be completely by August 31, and likely not even before the anniversary of September 11.
Meijer and Moulton said in a join statement that their surprise mission was to “conduct oversight on the mission to evacuate Americans and our allies,” adding that Congress has "a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch.”
Their statement reads:
As Members of Congress, we have a duty to provide oversight on the executive branch. There is no place in the world right now where oversight matters more. We conducted this visit in secret, speaking about it only after our departure, to minimize the risk and disruption to the people on the ground, and because we were there to gather information, not to grandstand. We left on a plane with empty seats, seated in crew-only seats to ensure that nobody who needed a seat would lose one because of our presence.
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