Taliban tells representative from most powerful nation on earth to go get fucked.
And it would not surprise if Bite-Me was trying to buy them off.
‘We will not extend the deadline for the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan,’ Myjahid said in a Tuesday press conference as G7 leaders met with Biden to push him to keep troops in Afghanistan to evacuate the maximum number of westerners and locals.
‘They are capable of evacuating their citizens and troops by August 31’, the defiant Taliban spokesman said. ‘All people should be removed prior to that date. After that we do not allow them. We will take a different stance.
The threat means that unless Biden opts to use military might to enforce control of the area, troops will have to abandon the humanitarian operation and start focusing on their own exit plan as soon as tomorrow.
The Biden administration ramped up their airlift at Kabul airport by evacuating 21,600 people in the last 24 hours and the Pentagon insisted on Tuesday they can still get everyone out in the next seven days.
But the administration has still not been able to give an exact number of how many Americans and Afghan allies are still waiting to be evacuated and even Democrats including Rep. Adam Schiff have said it is ‘highly unlikely; they will all be flown out in time.
The statement from the insurgents comes after CIA Director William Burns went to Kabul on Monday for a secret meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, U.S. officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.
Burns was dispatched to the capital city of Afghanistan as the administration continues to grapple with a chaotic scene at the airport and struggles to evacuate Americans from Kabul.
Baradar is now playing the role of the Taliban’s counterpart to Burns 11 years after he was arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation, which put him in prison for eight years.
The president joined other G7 leaders on a virtual call Tuesday morning for an emergency meeting on Afghanistan amid intense pressure from NATO and world leaders for the U.S. to keep their troops on the ground and prevent a humanitarian disaster.
After the meeting, Biden delivered a snub to his international allies by dismissing the desperate pleas of G7 leaders and refusing to extend the Kabul evacuation beyond August 31.
The reversal gives the Biden administration just seven days to evacuate thousands of American citizens and local allies still stranded on the ground. It also means that officers will have to begin ordering U.S. troops home within days in order to meet the deadline for clearing the airport.
It also comes after Biden said he wasn’t ruling out staying past August.
‘If there’s American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out,’ Biden told ABC News in an interview taped at the White House Wednesday.
Taliban leaders warned of ‘consequences’ if the U.S. doesn’t keep to its August 31 deadline. The discussion between Burns and Baradar on Monday likely involved the deadline for all U.S. military presence to be out of Afghanistan – including ending the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan allies, the report notes.