Afghanistan-Taliban crisis Highlights: With thousands of desperate Afghans and foreigners crowding into Kabul airport in the hope of fleeing Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, pressure grew on US President Joe Biden on Monday to extend the deadline for the evacuation operation.
Biden had warned that the evacuation was going to be “hard and painful” and said a lot could still go wrong. US troops might stay beyond their Aug. 31 deadline to oversee the evacuation, he had said.
Meanwhile, the Taliban forces have recaptured three districts in northern Afghanistan that fell to local militia groups last week, a Taliban spokesman on Monday. The districts of Bano, Deh Saleh, Pul e-Hesar in Baghlan province were taken by local militia groups in one of the first signs of armed resistance to the Taliban since their seizure of the capital Kabul on Aug. 15, Reuters reported.