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(Aug. 20) With attacks of his handling of the U.S. pullout increasing, President Joe Biden will outline efforts to airlift U.S. citizens and Afghans who’ve worked with Americans out of the country.

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield declined to say in a Friday morning interview with MSNBC whether the president would take questions from reporters. Biden had been scheduled to be on on vacation this week.

There’s mounting evidence the Taliban are cracking down on dissent in Afghanistan and carrying out reprisals, even after its leadership promised an amnesty, adding urgency to global efforts to evacuate those most at risk.

Fighters from the fundamentalist group are searching for journalists in Kabul and other provinces, German media organization Deutsche Welle said on Friday. Amnesty International said it received witness accounts of nine ethnic minority members being executed in July and warned of the likelihood of more killings.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are holding talks in Moscow on Friday amid the crisis. NATO foreign ministers are set to discuss developments later in the day and U.S. President Joe Biden will address the situation in Washington.

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