Pentagon Drawing Down Forces from Afghanistan to Meet August 31st Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 16: U.S. President Joe Biden walks away without taking questions after delivering remarks on the worsening crisis in Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden cut his vacation in Camp David short to address the nation as …
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The U.S. military is continuing to draw down its forces from Afghanistan ahead of the August 31, 2021, deadline, according to defense officials on Tuesday.

Defense officials confirmed to Breitbart News that the Pentagon has withdrawn some troops from Afghanistan who were scheduled to be withdrawn by President Joe Biden’s deadline of August 31, but said that the units that were surged to the region to assist in the evacuation are still in the country as of now.

The Taliban has warned that it would not agree to an extension of that deadline.

In recent days, Biden administration officials have been reluctant to give the number of Americans still left in the country, saying they do not have a perfect count because some Americans did not register with the U.S. government when coming in or going out.

A Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) provides assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22. U.S. service members are assisting the Department of State with an orderly drawdown of designated personnel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Ruiz).

A Marine with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command provides assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 22. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Ruiz)

They have also been reluctant to say with any specificity how many Americans have been evacuated.

However, the Pentagon said Tuesday that approximately 4,000 Americans have been evacuated, of the approximately 58,700 evacuated since the Taliban took over the country on August 14.

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