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Taliban warns of “Consequences” If US extends evacuation

The Taliban takeover of the country stunned the world, mainly the West, and the Taliban warn of the consequences of delayed evacuation.

The Taliban have warned there would be “consequences” if the US and its allies extend their presence in Afghanistan beyond the August 31 deadline, as the chaos continued to overwhelm Kabul airport.

The Taliban’s statement came a day after US President Joe Biden said he still hopes to achieve the “heartbreaking” departure from Afghanistan by the end of the month. Boris Johnson British Prime Minister said Monday it would urge the US to extend the August 31 deadline for evacuations from Afghanistan.

While the Taliban, who have so far is trying to show more moderate tones shows no willingness to compromise on the US pullout.

In the meantime, Britain urges world leaders to consider new sanctions on the Taliban when the G7 group of advanced economies will meet on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, sources told Reuters.

The US military moved thousands of people through the Kabul airport over the past 12 hours, a White House official said Monday, as Washington attempts to complete a bold airlift by an August 31 deadline for troops to leave Afghanistan.

Over 10,000 people were evacuated from Hamid Karzai International Airport in the 12 hours up until 3:00 pm Monday, the official said, updating figures given earlier in the day at the Pentagon. The number of people relocated from Afghanistan on US flights since July is now 53,000, with the vast majority of those since the intense airlift operations started on August 14 as the Taliban moved into Kabul.

Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that India is evacuating 78 passengers including 25 Indian nationals from Afghanistan.

The Taliban were in position near the Panjshir valley and had retaken three districts in northern Afghanistan that fell to local militia groups last week, a spokesman said on Monday, though there were no confirmed reports of further fighting. The districts of Bano, Deh Saleh, Pul e-Hesar in the northern province of Baghlan were taken by local militia groups last week in one of the first signs of armed resistance to the Taliban since their seizure of the capital Kabul on August 15.

The situation is chaotic with thousands of disturbed Afghans and foreigners crowing Kabul airport in the hope of fleeing Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, US President Joe Biden is expected to extend an August 31 deadline to airlift Americans and their allies to safety. Biden stated on Sunday that the evacuation was going to be “hard and painful” and much could still go wrong. US troops might stay beyond an August 31 deadline to oversee the evacuation, he said.

The Taliban warned Monday there would be “consequences” if the United States and its allies try to remain in Afghanistan beyond next week, as Washington ramped up its efforts to evacuate tens of thousands of people desperate to flee. Thousands of troops have flooded Afghanistan to oversee the turbulent airlift of foreigners and Afghans from Kabul airport, and pressure is mounting on US President Joe Biden to extend an August 31 deadline for full withdrawal. Biden and his Group of Seven counterparts — several of whom are pushing him to leave soldiers at the airport to keep it open — will meet Tuesday, with coordination on Afghanistan and how to handle the hardline Islamist Taliban atop the agenda.

The agitated departure of people fleeing Afghanistan will involve a US military-civilian alliance that goes back to 1951 but has been activated only twice before: in 1990-1991 during the Gulf War and in 2003 during the invasion of Iraq. The Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) is a “cooperative, voluntary program” between the government and private airlines that allows the US military to use commercial aircraft in emergency situations when it needs additional capacity.

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