US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he plans to meet his August 31 deadline for pulling American forces out of Afghanistan. He said every day of operations brings added risks to the troops.
The Taliban have retaken control of the country. Biden fears American soldiers could be attacked.
US officials and those from other nations have scrambled to get their citizens out of the country. Afghans, too, have rushed to the airport in Kabul. The chaos has hindered the airlift.
Biden suggested on Sunday that he might push the deadline beyond the end of the month. The Taliban warned that extending the time frame would bring "consequences."
The President explained his views in an online meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven nations. He said US officials need to airlift all Americans and their Afghan allies.