Taliban Spokesperson Denies CIA Director Met With Leader

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President Joe Biden is sticking to the deadline he set for evacuations from the Kabul airport, according to a senior administration official, leaving less than a week to fly out thousands of people from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The decision means Biden rebuffed calls from the U.S.’s closest allies to extend the Aug. 31 deadline during a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders Tuesday. The virtual summit convened by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was likely the last chance to persuade the president to push back the date to complete the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Civilian evacuations at Kabul airport must now end within the next few days to allow enough time to get remaining U.S. and other troops out. The fate of foreigners and Afghans whose ties to outside powers leave them vulnerable to reprisals dominated the buildup to the meeting.

That point was underscored earlier in the day when Zabihullah Mujahed, a Taliban spokesman, told a press conference that “the Islamic Emirate is really trying to control the situation. The airport is now closed and Afghans are not allowed to go there now. Only foreigners are allowed to go.”

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