President Joe Biden is considering asking the Taliban for a deadline extension past HIS August 31 deadline to fully evacuate all Americans and Afghans who aided the U.S. military.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen responded by saying:

“President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So, if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.

If the U.S. or U.K. were to seek additional time to continue evacuations — the answer is no. Or there would be consequences.

It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”

The Taliban’s pressure ratcheting on Biden comes as up to 65,000 Afghan people with families are waiting to be extracted before the deadline in a few days.

A reported 7,500 American citizens are also stranded, trapped behind enemy lines, as the U.S. embassy in Kabul alerted people over the weekend to not rendezvous at the airport.

Over the weekend outside the airport, the Pentagon confirmed the Taliban are beating and harassing Americans, stealing U.S. passports, and threatening to shoot others.

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