A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday that the United States would complete its mission to evacuate civilians from Kabul airport “as targets are met.” As Jen Psaki stated, this information was provided by President Joe Biden at the G7 summit. She added that the American leader confirmed that the US was “on track” to complete the mission by August 31.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday in a press release that US President Joe Biden said during a meeting with G7 leaders that “our mission in Kabul will end once we achieve our goals.” From the airport in Kabul, controlled by US and other Western troops, evacuation has been underway since August 15 in connection with the Taliban offensive in Afghanistan.
Psaki reported that Biden “has confirmed that we are now on track to complete (mission – ed) by August 31st.”
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The spokeswoman added that each subsequent day of the American operation is associated with an additional threat of a terrorist attack by the so-called Islamic State and that “completion of the mission before August 31 depends on further coordination with the Taliban, including continued access to the airport by evacuees.”
It said Biden had asked the Pentagon and the State Department to prepare plans in case the timetable for US forces leaving Afghanistan changed.
Evacuation from the Kabul airport
At the same time, according to Fox News, which referred to representatives of the Pentagon, the US began the process of withdrawing some troops from the airport on Tuesday. Until Tuesday, there were 5,800 soldiers there. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby had previously assessed that the operation was proceeding as planned, with a view to ending it at the end of August. However, he did not rule out that the military would have to destroy some heavy equipment that it would not be able to take back.
According to the White House, more than 58,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul since January 14, most of them Afghans and more than 4,000 US citizens.
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