Dem lawmakers push Biden on Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal

Top Democratic lawmakers are urging President Joe Biden to ignore an Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that it would be nearly impossible to evacuate all American citizens and Afghan allies from the country before that date.
Despite their pleas, Biden has agreed with a Pentagon recommendation to hold firm on the Aug. 31 deadline. However, the administration is developing contingency plans for remaining in the country past that date, especially amid new threats from the Taliban on Tuesday.
The pressure campaign ignited as administration officials brief lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week about the deteriorating situation in Kabul, where the U.S. military is racing to evacuate as many people as possible from the Taliban-controlled country. Members of the House Intelligence Committee emerged from a briefing on Monday increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of a successful operation.
“I don’t see a scenario under which we

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By Andrew Desiderio

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