Biden addresses evacuation efforts from Afghanistan
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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday as U.S. and coalition forces accelerate evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, a mission expected to end in a week.
He is expected to stick to the schedule he previously set for the full withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
Biden’s remarks, postponed until 4:30 p.m. ET, come after an emergency G-7 meeting where the leaders of the world’s seven largest industrialized democracies were supposed to urge the U.S. president to set a self-imposed departure date on August 31 to extend.
Biden previously announced that it will extend the departure date beyond August 31, but has yet to do so. However, the Taliban have stated that the withdrawal period is a “red line” and that there will be consequences if foreign troops remain in Afghanistan after that date.
Thousands of Afghans have fled the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to seek flights from the country while the Taliban consolidates their control over the country.
The White House said Tuesday that the US has evacuated or helped about 58,700 people leave Afghanistan since Aug. 14, of whom about 21,600 were flown within 12 hours on Monday.
The US has relocated around 63,900 people since the end of July, the White House said. According to the State Department, several thousand Americans are still waiting to be evacuated.