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Biden won’t extend Aug. 31 deadline as Taliban reiterates demand for U.S. forces to leave

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President Biden has decided not to extend an Aug. 31 deadline to remove all American troops from Afghanistan, a U.S. official tells Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson.

Posted: Aug 24, 2021 11:31 AM

FOX NEWS- President Biden has decided not to extend an Aug. 31 deadline to remove all American troops from Afghanistan, a U.S. official tells Fox News' Lucas Tomlinson.

The development comes shortly after a Taliban spokesperson – following a meeting between leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and CIA Director William Burns in Kabul -- said there will be “no extensions” to the Biden administration’s Aug. 31 date.

Defense Dept. Press Secretary John Kirby said Tuesday that the White House is still “aiming toward the end of the month” for a complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

The Pentagon also said the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will go to “zero” at the Aug. 31 deadline.

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