Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid gave a press briefing and asked the US not to encourage Afghan people to leave the country. He said the group is no longer allowing Afghan nationals to go to Kabul airport and called on crowds at the airport to go home. Mujahid said "our aim is to rebuild our country." "We are asking women to stay home at the moment," until security is guaranteed, the Taliban spokesperson said. He added that Taliban fighters are not yet trained on "how to deal with women." In regards to the Panjshir Valley region which is controlled by resistance forces, he said the Taliban would like to resolve the situation through dialogue. Mujahid claimed media outlets are safe and free to work under Taliban rule.
The US is set to complete its military pullout by the August 31 deadline, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a press briefing. She said achieving this goal depends on whether the Taliban will cooperate. Psaki said Afghans who qualify for special immigrant visas will still be able to go to Kabul airport, despite statements to the contrary from the Taliban.
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