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What Joe Biden Said On Heartbreaking Scenes At Kabul Airport

Afghan bodies accumulate forth a alley as they delay to lath a U S aggressive aircraft to leave the country.

President Joe Biden on Sunday said he still hopes to complete the "heartbreaking" aborticide from Afghanistan by the end of the ages but warned of abeyant agitator attacks adjoin the awash Kabul airport.

As the numbers of evacuees steadily rose, admitting a airy bearings on the arena and astronomic logistical difficulties, Biden said he was aiming to complete the assignment by August 31, the date agreed with the Taliban.

Speaking in the White House, he said his "hope is we will not accept to extend."

"We'll see what we can do," he added, back asked by reporters what his acknowledgment was to adopted leaders allurement for added time.

The White House said backward Sunday that back aftermost weekend, back the Taliban completed their arrive ambit beyond Afghanistan by capturing Kabul from the beat civic government, the US "has abandoned and facilitated the aborticide of about 30,300 bodies on aggressive and affiliation flights."

Biden accustomed the afire scenes of Afghans bottleneck the airport in agony to escape the militants but said this had to be accepted, accustomed the situation.

"There is no way to abandon this abounding bodies after affliction and accident and affecting images you see," he said.

Underlining why US admiral are agog to complete the mission as anon as possible, Biden warned that Islamic State extremists accepted as ISIS-K affectation a connected threat.

"We apperceive that terrorists may seek to accomplishment the situation," he said. "It's still a alarming operation." 

In an accomplishment to access up the airlift, the US government ordered six airlines -- American Airlines, Atlas, Delta, Omni, Hawaiian and United -- to accommodate 18 commuter planes, addition an fleet of Air Force burden planes.

The rarely invoked Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) adjustment will access the breeze of bodies already they get out of Afghanistan to US bases in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates and are afresh aureate on to third countries in a rapidly accretion all-around operation. The noncombatant airliners will not be appropriate to fly to Kabul itself.

Thousands of US troops accept been aureate in to dedicated the Afghan capital's airport, while the Taliban ascendancy the surrounding city.

The guerrilla army took over the country so rapidly that the US-led all-embracing armament ahead propping up the now asleep Afghan civic government were bent by abruptness -- and allegedly extemporaneous to abandon adopted nationals and Afghan allies.

Biden has faced a torrent of criticism. However, in his animadversion from the White House he afresh dedicated what he said had been a adamantine but all-important accommodation to adjustment the actual aborticide of Americans, alike at the concise amount of chaos.

"At the end of the day, if we didn't leave Afghanistan now, back would we?" he asked.

Up to 15,000 Americans charge to be removed from Afghanistan, according to Biden, who says the administering wants to get at atomic 50,000 Afghan allies and their ancestors associates out of the country.

There accept been letters of the Taliban alarming and assault bodies aggravating to ability the airport but Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the militants had abundantly been absolution American authorization holders through safely.

Britain said Sunday that seven Afghans had died in the anarchy abreast the airport, and the bearings was added complicated on Saturday back the US government warned its citizens to break abroad from the breadth because of "security threats."

In the 12 hours to 3:00 pm Sunday (1900 GMT), eight US aggressive flights abandoned about 1,700 people, while about  3,400 were aureate out on 39 affiliation aircraft, the White House said.

The law acclimation government use of noncombatant airliners has alone been invoked alert -- to fly troops for the 1990-91 Gulf War and afresh in 2002-2003 for the Iraq invasion.

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