23 Aug 2021

Afghanistan: Taliban refuse to extend evacuations deadline

International Editor

The Taliban insist it’s a hard deadline – all foreign troops must leave Afghanistan by next Tuesday.

But the British government fears they cannot get all their people out by then. The scramble to evacuate foreigners and Afghans has intensified.

Earlier today, US Central Command said an unknown person had opened fire on Afghan soldiers helping NATO troops secure the airport.

One member of the Afghan forces was killed, and several others are believed to have been injured.