Joe Biden defies calls to extend Afghanistan deadline amid fears for troops

Joe Biden cited heightened security risks to troops as he defied calls by Boris Johnson and other G7 leaders to delay his August 31 exit date from Afghanistan. Following an emergency meeting of G7 leaders, chaired by the Prime Minister on Tuesday afternoon, the US President said the US was “on pace” to meet the deadline for evacuations. He insisted there were “increasing risks” for his troops and their allies staying in Afghanistan beyond the end of the month.

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