Biden Maintains Deadline for Afghan Pullout as Taliban Block Airport Access
President Biden said the U.S. is on pace to leave Afghanistan by Aug. 31, warning of growing security risks and describing a tenuous situation on the ground, as the Taliban said they would prevent Afghan citizens from reaching Kabul’s airport to board evacuation flights.
“The sooner we can finish, the better. Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops,” Mr. Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.
The president said he had instructed the Pentagon and the State Department to develop contingency plans in the event the timeline for...