Europe and the rest of the world are taking stock of President Biden”s insistence that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan must be completed by his self-imposed deadline of next Tuesday, August 31.
G7 and European leaders have pledged to help the country and its people following the Taliban’s takeover, but without a Western military presence the challenge is immense.
Evacuations continue from Kabul airport, but many people desperate to leave are unlikely to be able to do so.
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The Taliban has reiterated that the evacuations and troop withdrawals must end by the US August 31 deadline.
A Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday that after that date, Afghans will no longer be allowed to leave the country.
The UN’s human rights chief has said she has “credible reports” of serious abuses by the Islamist militants, including summary executions, the recruitment of child soldiers, and restrictions imposed on women and girls.