CIA Chief William Burns Met With Senior Taliban Figure in Kabul

CIA Director William Burns achieved secretly with the Taliban’s major figure in Kabul on Monday amid a chaotic U.S. exertion to evacuate American citizens and Afghans allied with the U.S. in progress of an Aug. 31 deadline, U.S. officers mentioned.

Details of the assembly weren’t promptly obtainable, but the CIA chief’s crisis diplomacy will come as the Biden administration is considering whether to prolong the evacuation of tens of countless numbers of folks from Kabul airport further than the deadline for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Taliban on Monday turned down any extension.

The Central Intelligence Company declined to comment on Mr. Burns’s assembly with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, which was previously documented by the Washington Put up.

Worry is climbing amongst officers in the U.S. and other nations about safety problems close to the Kabul airport.

Senior U.S. officers have warned that terrorists from Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate could assault the crowds massed outdoors the airport. Officials also dread the Taliban and its allies, who have not attacked U.S. military staff through the evacuation, could improve their posture soon after Aug. 31.