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Taliban warns of ‘consequences’ if Afghan pullout extended

The Taliban will not agree to an extension of the August 31 deadline for the United States to withdraw troops and a delay will bring consequences, a spokesman tells Sky News.

“You can say it’s a red line,” spokesman Suhail Shaheen says in an interview. “If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences.”

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 22, 2021. (AP/Rahmat Gul)

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