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The Taliban will not accept to an extension of the Afghan evacuation mission and has warned of “consequences” if it is extended past its deadline.

Suhail Shaheen, a member of the Taliban delegation in Doha, Qatar’s capital, said on Monday that the move would imply “expanding occupation,” which is “a red line.”

On the other hand, On Tuesday, leaders of the Group of Seven countries were expected to discuss whether to seek an extension to a deadline set for August 31 for the evacuation of thousands of people fleeing Afghanistan, as well as whether to recognise or censure a Taliban administration.

Since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital on Aug 15, the airport in Kabul has been wracked by widespread turmoil punctuated by periodic violence, with Western and Afghan forces forcing back masses trying to flee.

Maxar’s WorldView 3 satellite captured this view of Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday, Aug. 16. The view shows crowds gathered around parked aircraft. Credit: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

Thousands of Afghans have gone home after finding that the situation in provinces around the nation is “pretty peaceful,” according to the diplomat, who did not want to be identified. However, he cautioned that intelligence and security reports from outlying regions remained scarce.

President Joe Biden of the United States, who has stated that US soldiers may stay beyond the deadline, has warned that the withdrawal is bleak.

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