Pentagon rebukes European calls to extend evacuation of afghans and citizens from Kabul.

President Joe Biden has accepted a Pentagon recommendation to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan by an Aug. 31 deadline, an administration official told Reuters today.

Biden also asked for contingency plans to stay longer, should it be necessary, the official said.

The Pentagon recommendation reflects increasing security concerns at the Kabul airport, where American citizens and at-risk Afghans are being evacuated.

Washington is telling the Taliban the Aug. 31 deadline is contingent on the group's cooperation in facilitating evacuations, the official added.

Biden was set to speak later on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Pentagon said there had been no change so far in its plan to meet the Aug. 31 deadline and that it intended to withdraw U.S. troops by then.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Pentagon believes it has the ability to get all Americans who want to leave out of Afghanistan by Aug. 31.

"We're absolutely still aiming towards the end of the month," Kirby said, while adding that the Pentagon may need additional bases to house evacuees from Afghanistan.

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