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‘No Change to Timeline,’ Pentagon Says of Aug. 31 Troop Withdrawal
The Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby noted there has been no change in strategy for extraditing U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
There’s been no change to the timeline of the mission, which is to have this completed by the end of the month. We continue to make progress every day in getting Americans as well as S.I.V. applicants and vulnerable Afghans out. And you heard the numbers that the general briefed. The president’s direction has been to complete this withdrawal, this evacuation and withdrawal, by the 31st of August. That that is the direction that we are operating under, and therefore, that is driving a lot of our plans. You heard us say and you heard the secretary say that if there needed to be a conversation about changing that, that he would have that conversation. I’m not going to get into internal deliberations about what people may be thinking one way or the other. But you heard the national security adviser say yesterday that he believes that we can accomplish this mission by the end of the month. So we are still driving towards the end of the month. That’s where we are now. And if and when there’s any change to that we’ll certainly make it clear to the American people. We remain committed to getting any and all Americans that want to leave to get them out. And we still believe, certainly now that we have been able to increase the capacity in the flow, we believe that we have the capability, the ability to get that done by the end of the month.
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