They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline. — Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid
They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline. — Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid
Taliban will no longer allow Afghans to go to Kabul airport for evacuation, spokesman says
  • The Taliban said Tuesday that the group will not allow Afghan nationals to leave the country and opposes an extension of evacuation flights.
  • President Joe Biden has previously said he may consider extending the departure date past Aug. 31 but has yet to do so.
  • More than 5,000 U.S. troops are currently on the ground in Kabul assisting with evacuation efforts.
The Taliban said Tuesday that the group will not allow Afghan nationals to leave the country and opposes any extension of evacuation flights, a development that comes one week before U.S. and coalition forces are slated to depart Afghanistan.

“We are not in favor of allowing Afghans to leave,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters during a news conference Tuesday.

“They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” he said, adding that evacuations carried out by foreign forces after Aug. 31 would be a “violation” of a Biden administration promise to end the U.S. military’s mission in the country.

“The way to the airport has been closed now. Afghans are not allowed to go there now, foreigners are allowed to go but we have stopped Afghan nationals to go because the crowd is more, there is danger that people will lose their lives, there might be a stampede,” Mujahid said, according to an interpreter during the broadcast.


... Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that there has not been a change to the timeline of the mission.

“We remain committed to getting any and all Americans that want to leave out and we still believe certainly now that we have been able to increase the capacity and the flow, we believe that we have the capability, the ability to get that done by the end of the month,” Kirby said.

“The Taliban have been very clear about what their expectations are,” explained Kirby when asked about public Taliban statements opposing a prolonged U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.

“Without getting into details, I’m not seeing much dissonance [between public and private conversations with Taliban],” he added.
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