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After Kabul Attacks, White House Talks of Extending Evacuation of Allies

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/26/2021 Daniel Villarreal
a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Afghan allies may be evacuated after the August 31 deadline. This photo shows planes bringing evacuees from Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base on August 26. © Andreas Rentz/Getty White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says Afghan allies may be evacuated after the August 31 deadline. This photo shows planes bringing evacuees from Afghanistan to Ramstein Air Base on August 26.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that even though the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will officially end on August 31, the U.S. will stay past that deadline to continue helping American and Afghan allies outside of the country.

"We will continue to work to get people out of Afghanistan, even after the 31st," Psaki said in a Thursday press conference. "We will need to coordinate with the Taliban in order to do that. I'm not going to label it as a friendship or anything other than continued coordination. And we again believe we have a great deal of leverage in order to implement that commitment."

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