Biden to Keep Aug. 31 Deadline to Get Out of Afghanistan

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In this Aug. 21, 2021, photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, a Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) provides fresh water to a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Sgt. Samuel Ruiz/U.S. Marine Corps via AP)

President Joe Biden says he will stick with his Aug. 31 deadline for finishing a U.S.-led evacuation of Americans, at-risk Afghans and others from Afghanistan.

The decision opens him up to criticism for caving to the Taliban, which says it will not permit the evacuation to go on longer, and to the prospect that some people who want to leave will be left behind.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Group of Seven major industrialized nations will not recognize a Taliban government unless the group guarantees people can leave the country if they wish.

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