NATO chief: Some allies want more time to complete Afghan evacuations

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NATO chief: Some allies want more time to complete Afghan evacuations
Jens Stoltenberg says several member states pushing to extend Biden’s August 31 pullout deadline, citing ‘big challenge’ of getting people to airport
By Dave Clark
20 August 2021

BRUSSELS (AFP) — NATO allies have deployed enough planes to airlift foreign nationals and their Afghan colleagues from Kabul but ground access to the airport is a “big challenge,” the alliance’s chief said on Friday. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking after a video conference of NATO foreign ministers, also said that some allies were pushing for more time to complete their evacuations. The United States — which has overall control of operations at the airport — had previously set an August 31 deadline to pull its forces out of Afghanistan. But several other NATO countries raised the possibility of that now being pushed back, given the evacuations. Their citizens and vulnerable Afghans who worked for international missions are still trapped in the country, which has fallen to Taliban control.

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