Afghan evacuations pick up with days to deadline


Source: Reuters.

Evacuations from Kabul airport in Afghanistan pick up pace, with the total number leaving since the Taliban takeover reaching 70,700.

US President Joe Biden says he aims to complete the operation – and US troop pull-out – by the 31 August deadline.

Some US troops have already started to leave as the effort enters its final phase.

US allies have pressed Biden to extend the timeframe.

There are fears thousands of Afghans who wish to flee the Taliban may be left behind. The Taliban says the Afghans should not go to Kabul airport or try to leave the country.

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