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Nations start to wrap up Kabul evacuations

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Efforts to evacuate people from Kabul airport will continue until the deadline of 31 August, the US says.

The Pentagon rejected suggestions that the US may be preparing to end evacuations by the weekend.

"Evacuation operations in Kabul will not be wrapping up in 36 hours," spokesman for the US Defense Department, John Kirby, said.

"We will continue to evacuate as many people as we can until the end of the mission."

Canada and several European countries have said they have ended or are ending evacuations early.

Canada says it too has ended its operations to evacuate people from Kabul airport.

As we mentioned earlier, many European countries are bringing their operations to a close, with security deteriorating ahead of the 31 August deadline set by the US.

"We stayed in Afghanistan as long as we could," Canada's Gen Wayne Eyre told reporters today.

"We wish we could have stayed longer and rescued everyone," he added.

Belgium and Denmark have completed their last evacuation flights and Dutch flights are also coming to an end today, reports BBC.



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