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The Taliban reject extension of evacuation deadline in Afghanistan

Kabul, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The Taliban movement on Monday warned there will be consequences if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline.

The political spokesman of this armed group, Suhail Shaheen, said that Washington does not need to prolong its military occupation in this Central Asian country, according to the Afghan news agency Pajhwok.

Shahee told Sky News in Doha, Qatar, that if the United States or the United Kingdom asked for more time to continue their evacuation the response would be negative.

Shaheen said if the intention is to continue the occupation of Afghanistan, it will provoke a reaction from the Taliban.

The warning came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to use an emergency meeting of G7 world leaders on Tuesday to call on US President Joe Biden to keep US forces in Afghanistan beyond the deadline to allow evacuation flights to continue.

Meanwhile, the death toll at Kabul International Airport continues to rise, with German sources reporting that at least one Afghan soldier was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting on Monday involving US and German troops.

Some 37,000 people have been evacuated from the capital’s air terminal, which remains in chaos following the insurgent seizure of Kabul.


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