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‘The Sooner, the Better’: Biden Won’t Budge on Afghanistan Deadline

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In remarks given five hours after they were originally scheduled, President Joe Biden made clear that the Aug. 31 withdrawal date was a deadline his administration was determined to meet.

“The sooner we can finish, the better,” the president said.

He added that the completion of evacuation efforts by Aug. 31 depended on the Taliban continuing to cooperate and allowing access to the airport. But he also said he had asked the State Department and the Pentagon for contingency plans if it became necessary to stay in the country longer, so that the U.S. could continue to get Americans and Afghan allies out of the country.

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