Afghanistan: Taliban Reiterates 31 August Deadline, Says Won't Allow Extension

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A Taliban spokesman on Tuesday urged skilled Afghans to stop fleeing the country, and warned that it would not accept any extension of the August 31 deadline for evacuations.

They also asked US to stop taking "Afghan experts" such as engineers and doctors out of Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden held talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the Afghanistan situation on Monday, amid speculation about whether the evacuation deadline would be extended beyond 31 August.

Further, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for about 45 minutes on the phone and had a detailed conversation on the Afghanistan situation, as per news agency ANI.

  • An Air India flight is en route to Delhi from Dushanbe carrying 78 passengers, including 25 Indians, who were evacuated from Kabul on an IAF aircraft, the MEA said on Tuesday

  • The US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of around 48,000 people from Afghanistan since 14 August, according to the White House

  • The Taliban took over Afghanistan on 15 August, as President Ashraf Ghani fled

  • Since the Taliban's takeover, chaos has emerged at the airport in Kabul as countries scramble to evacuate their citizens, while locals are desperate to flee the country

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10:37 PM , 24 Aug

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US President Joe Biden plans to adhere to the 31 August deadline to complete the evacuation mission in Kabul, despite demands from other global leaders to continue the operation into next month, reports say.

8:33 PM , 24 Aug

Airbnb Says it Will Give Temporary Free Housing to 20,000 Afghan Refugees

Airbnb and its charitable arm,, said on Tuesday that the company intended to provide free temporary housing globally for 20,000 refugees fleeing the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

The cost of the accommodations will be covered with money from Airbnb and its chief executive, Brian Chesky, as well as contributions from the Refugee Fund, which was begun in June with the goal of raising $25 million. The organisation is working with resettlement agencies and offered to support federal and state governments.

7:10 PM , 24 Aug

Taliban Asks US to Stop Evacuating Skilled Afghans

In its second since press conference since taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban, on Tuesday, 24 August, requested Afghans to stop fleeing the country and asked the United States to not "encourage" Afghan doctors, engineers, and "educated elite" to leave Afghanistan.

6:03 PM , 24 Aug

US CIA Chief Met Secretly With Taliban Co-Founder Yesterday: Report

United States Central Intelligence Agency chief William Burns held a secret meeting in Kabul with Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Monday, the Washington Post reported, citing anonymous United States sources.

Published: 24 Aug 2021, 8:46 AM IST
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