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US set to pull out of Afghanistan next week despite allies’ pleas

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the US is on pace to pull out its troops from Afghanistan by August 31 as planned, despite pleas by Western leaders for more time to complete evacuations from Kabul airport following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. “We are currently on a pace to finish by August 31. The sooner we can finish the better. Each day of operations brings added risks to our troops,” Biden said in televised remarks after a videoconference of G7 leaders. The completion of the operation by the deadline “depends upon the Taliban continuing to cooperate,” he added. Biden said that …

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