Afghanistan live news: US troops may stay past 31 August, says Biden; Taliban official rules out democracy

‘If there’s American citizens left [after 31 August], we’re gonna stay till we get them all out,’ says Biden; ‘There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,’ says Taliban official

New York Times media reporter Katie Robertson reports that people who worked with the New York Times in Afghanistan have “made it to safety” with their families.

In an all-staff note, the paper’s managing editor for international said, “We must help all of these families make the transition to new lives abroad… for now, even if just for a beat or two, we can all breathe a bit easier, knowing that 65 families – 128 men, women and children – are headed to freedom.

Here’s the note from NYT’s @meslackman to staff tonight on our colleagues from Afghanistan

More now on the Taliban parading US-bought arms.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday, “Obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us.”

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