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President Biden says he will not extend the deadline to evacuate from Afghanistan. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby asked military leaders to be ready for contingency options if adjusting the timetable becomes necessary.

  • There is no requirement for American citizens to register with the U.S. Embassy when they arrive in Afghanistan or inform the Embassy when they leave, so any lists with this information are inaccurate, according to Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant (U.S. Army ret.), ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America.
  • Ollivant said if the United States does not get the roughly 1,500 remaining American citizens out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31, the U.S. will probably continue to rely on partners to help escort people but the situation will be “dicey” and logistically very complex.
  • Ollivant said the largest group still in the country may be naturalized Americans or native Americans of Afghan descent who do not want to leave family members behind.
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