Taliban warns there will be ‘consequences’ if Biden misses his Aug. 31 deadline
The Taliban issued a stark warning of ‘consequences’ if the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan is not met.
“It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on Aug. 31 they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Taliban spokesperson Dr. Suhail Shaheen told Sky News.
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no. Or there would be consequences. It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction,” he added.
“We have seen the public statements by the Taliban spokesman about their views on Aug. 31, I think we all understand that view,” Department of Defense press secretary John Kirby said.