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NATO Secretary-General Sees Risk In Staying In Afghanistan Past Deadline

NPR
 2021-08-25

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of NATO, about the ongoing effort to evacuate U.S. and NATO allies from Afghanistan. August 31 - it's now just six days away. And it's the deadline the U.S. is racing against to evacuate people at risk in an Afghanistan now under Taliban control. More than 82,000 people have been evacuated - that's since August 14 - 19,000 just in the last 24-hour period. Now, in that effort, the U.S. is being assisted by NATO allies, some of the same countries that fought alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan these last two decades. And this even as questions grow as to whether the U.S. and its allies are on the same page. Jens Stoltenberg is the secretary general of NATO, and he joins us now from Brussels.

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