Afghan evacuation on ‘war footing’ as G7 meets on pullout deadline

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Thousands crowd airport ahead of Aug. 31 deadline for exit

* Evacuations being conducted at ‘war footing’ pace – NATO dip

* U.S. says it would need days to remove troops alone from airport

* Recognition of Taliban would have important consequences

“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared” Rev. 16:12

Aug 24 (Reuters) – Western troops at Kabul airport worked frantically on Tuesday to evacuate people from Afghanistan before an Aug. 31 deadline as U.S. President Joe Biden faced growing pressure to negotiate more time for the airlift of thousands trying to flee.

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States – were due to meet virtually on Tuesday to discuss the crisis. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to push for a deadline extension.

Chaos punctuated by sporadic violence has gripped the airport, with foreign troops and Afghan security guards driving back crowds clamouring to get on flights following the Taliban’s takeover of the Afghan capital on Aug. 15. Read More