Defiant Taliban REFUSES to extend evacuation deadline despite secret talks with CIA boss: Regime issues chilling warning to westerners just minutes before G7 leaders plead with Biden to stay beyond August 31 - or leave refugees just 24 hours to get out

 Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said Tuesday they will not extend the August 31 deadline for all troops to leave Afghanistan - just 24 hours after Joe Biden sent his CIA director to negotiate with the militant group in a bid to get the remaining American citizens and Afghan allies out. 

'We will not extend the deadline for the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan,' Myjahid said in a Tuesday press conference as G7 leaders met with Biden to push him to keep troops in Afghanistan to evacuate the maximum number of westerners and locals.

'They are capable of evacuating their citizens and troops by August 31', the defiant Taliban spokesman said. 'All people should be removed prior to that date. After that we do not allow them. We will take a different stance. 

The thinly-veiled threat means that unless Biden opts to use military might to enforce control of the area, troops will have to abandon the humanitarian operation and start focusing on their own exit plan as soon as tomorrow. 

The Biden administration ramped up their airlift at Kabul airport by evacuating 21,600 people in the last 24 hours and the Pentagon insisted on Tuesday they can still get everyone out in the next seven days. 

The statement from the insurgents comes after CIA Director William Burns went to Kabul on Monday for a secret meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, U.S. officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post

Burns was dispatched to the capital city of Afghanistan as the administration continues to grapple with a chaotic scene at the airport and struggles to evacuate Americans from Kabul.

Baradar is now playing the role of the Taliban's counterpart to Burns 11 years after he was arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation, which put him in prison for eight years. 

The president is joining G7 leaders on a virtual call Tuesday morning for an emergency meeting on Afghanistan amid intense pressure from NATO and world leaders for the U.S. to keep their troops on the ground and prevent a humanitarian disaster. 

After the meeting, Biden will then provide an update in remarks Tuesday afternoon and is expected to decide within the next 24 hours whether he will keep the military in Afghanistan beyond the deadline.  

Taliban leaders have warned of 'consequences' if the U.S. doesn't keep to its August 31 deadline. The discussion between Burns and Baradar on Monday likely involved the deadline for all U.S. military presence to be out of Afghanistan – including ending the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies, the report notes. 



CIA Director William Burns testifies during his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Feb. 24, 2021
Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar speaks at a signing ceremony of the US-Taliban agreement in Qatar's capital of Doha on Feb. 29, 2020

The comments come less than 24 hours after President Joe Biden sent CIA Director William Burns (left) went to Kabul on Monday for a secret meeting with the Taliban's de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar (right)

Likely discussed at the meeting Monday was the August 31 deadline for total troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. U.S. soldiers guard Kabul airport on Tuesday as thousands of desperate Afghans crowd at the gates in the hopes of fleeing the Taliban

Likely discussed at the meeting Monday was the August 31 deadline for total troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. U.S. soldiers guard Kabul airport on Tuesday as thousands of desperate Afghans crowd at the gates in the hopes of fleeing the Taliban

An aerial picture taken Monday shows crowds and traffic outside the Kabul airport as Americans and Afghan allies attempt to flee Afghanistan

An aerial picture taken Monday shows crowds and traffic outside the Kabul airport as Americans and Afghan allies attempt to flee Afghanistan

Satellite images from Monday show a massive crowd around a gate near a military checkpoint outside the Kabul airport

Satellite images from Monday show a massive crowd around a gate near a military checkpoint outside the Kabul airport

President Joe Biden said U.S. military would stay in Kabul past the deadline if needed to continue evacuating Americans stranded in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden said U.S. military would stay in Kabul past the deadline if needed to continue evacuating Americans stranded in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters stand on top of containers doing crowd control outside the Kabul airpor

Taliban fighters stand on top of containers doing crowd control outside the Kabul airpor

Washington pulled off its biggest haul of evacuations since the crisis started over the last 24 hours to early Tuesday morning, with 37 military jets evacuating 21,600 people from Kabul, the White House announced.

But they still don't know the number of American citizens and Afghan allies stranded on the ground that need evacuating. 

'Since August 14, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 58,700 people. Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 63,900 people,' a White House official said.

From Sunday to early Monday morning, 28 military jets rescued around 10,400 people. The latest numbers reveal that over half of the total evacuations from Afghanistan have taken place in the last two days. 

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby assured in a briefing Tuesday: 'There's been no change to the timeline of the mission which is to have this completed by the end of the month.'

'We continue to make progress every day in getting Americans, as well as SIV applicants and vulnerable Afghans out,' he added.

'We still believe – certainly now that we have been able to increase the capacity and the flow – we believe that we have that we that we have the capability, the ability to get that done by the end of the month.'   

The president is still hesitant, however, to deploy troops outside the Kabul airport because he doesn't want a Black Hawk Down-style incident, he told commanders last week of the incident where 18 Americans were killed in 1993 during the Somali Civil War.  

Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban delegation in Qatar's capital city Doha said Monday U.S. military continuing to evacuate past this month would amount to 'extending occupation' and that is 'a red line'. 

'If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,' he told Sky News in an interview. '

'It will create mistrust between us,' Shaheen continued. 'If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.'

After the interview Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said: 'We have seen the public statements by the Taliban spokesman about their views on 31 August, I think we all understand that view.'

'The goal is to get as many people out as fast as possible,' he added, 'and while we're glad to see the numbers that we got yesterday, we're not going to rest on any laurels.'

'The focus is on trying to do this as best we can by the end of the month and as the Secretary [of Defense] said, if there needs - if we need, if he needs - to have additional conversations with the Commander in Chief about that timeline, he'll do that but we're just not at that point right now.' 

Monday's warning signals the Taliban could seek to shut down the airlifts out of the Kabul airport in just over a week. Lawmakers, refugee groups, veterans' organizations and U.S. allies have said ending the evacuation on August 31 could strand countless Afghans and foreigners still hoping for flights out.  

Defiant Taliban REFUSES to extend evacuation deadline despite secret talks with CIA boss: Regime issues chilling warning to westerners just minutes before G7 leaders plead with Biden to stay beyond August 31 - or leave refugees just 24 hours to get out Defiant Taliban REFUSES to extend evacuation deadline despite secret talks with CIA boss: Regime issues chilling warning to westerners just minutes before G7 leaders plead with Biden to stay beyond August 31 - or leave refugees just 24 hours to get out Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 10:41 Rating: 5

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