Thousands of Afghans hoping to leave the country continue to wait at the Kabul airport, Tuesday, August 24, with the August 31 deadline approaching.
READ MORE: U.S. allies say they have no choice but to follow the American timetable and withdraw their troops from Afghanistan by August 31, despite fears that not everyone will get out in time.
Several NATO allies are evacuating their citizens from Kabul airport, including eligible Afghans who worked alongside them and are now desperate to flee.
Britain, which holds the rotating presidency of the G-7 group of advanced economies, called an emergency virtual summit of the group Tuesday to discuss the crisis. Many G-7 leaders implored U.S. President Joe Biden to extend the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of American troops.
In a televised address Tuesday after the G-7 summit, however, the president made it clear the U.S. is sticking to the timetable “The sooner we can finish the better. Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops,” Biden said.