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Biden Pledges Rescue Effort, But Won’t Commit Past Aug. 31 Deadline


President Joe Biden pledged on Friday that the United States will “mobilize every resource necessary” to get Americans and Afghan allies out of Afghanistan before U.S. troops depart the country. But he stopped short of committing to continue the effort past when troops leave at the end of the month.

“Yes, yes, we’re making the same commitment,” Biden said in response to a question about whether he would promise to get Afghan holders of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) out. “There’s [nothing] more important than bringing American citizens out, I acknowledged that.”

But, he said, it was “equally important” to evacuate translators who helped the U.S. for decades, as well as workers for private humanitarian organizations that have been aiding Afghanistan for years.

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