Time Is Running Short For The U.S. Evacuation Effort In Afghanistan

The Biden administration said Tuesday that the U.S. was on pace to meet an August 31 deadline to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, but that “contingency plans” are being developed in case they do not complete evacuations in time.

Some Afghan evacuees will wind up in America, where one of their main destinations is the Seattle area. NPR’s Martin Kaste reports on the resettlement effort ramping up there.

President Biden made the decision not to extend evacuations despite calls to do so from some members of his own party. NPR’s Asma Khalid examines what Biden’s decisions on Afghanistan reveal about his view of America’s role in the world.

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