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U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan until all American citizens are evacuated, Biden tells ABC News - The Washington Post

Last updated Wednesday, August 18, 2021 03:00 ET , Source: TopWireNews

President Biden said in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Wednesday that U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan beyond Aug. 31 if necessary to evacuate any remaining Americans who wish to leave the country.
The United States and other countries operated evacuation flights from Afghanistan into Wednesday, though not all those seeking to leave the country were able to reach Kabul’s international airport. The Taliban erected checkpoints throughout the capital and near the airport’s entrance, beating some Afghans who attempted to cross and intimidating others, according to reports and an eyewitness account.
In one case, a former interpreter for the Australian army was shot by a Taliban fighter as many Afghans crowded at the airport gates.
Days after fleeing Afghanistan, former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani surfaced in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, the Persian Gulf nation’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. He denied accusations that he fled the country with huge sums of cash.
Here are some significant developments:
Thousands of U.S. troops have been flown into Kabul to protect evacuation efforts. Washington has moved some 5,000 people out so far, with an additional 2,000 Afghans relocated to the United States as special immigrants. About 11,000 people in Afghanistan have identified themselves as Americans, while more than 80,000 Afghans may need to be evacuated.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul released a statement warning that the U.S. government “cannot...

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