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Taliban draws Aug. 31 red line for troop withdrawal: "There would be consequences"

A spokesperson for the Taliban told Sky News Monday there would be "consequences" if the U.S. extended troop withdrawal beyond Aug. 31 to complete evacuating Americans and Afghan allies from the country.

Why it matters: The U.S. and its allies are quickly approaching the full withdrawal date with thousands left to still evacuate. President Biden has said troops will remain in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, and in remarks Sunday, he did not rule out the prospect of staying past the deadline.

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