Biden sticks to Aug. 31 withdrawal from Afghanistan

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President Joe Biden has agreed with a Pentagon recommendation to stick to an Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan, according to two people with knowledge of the recommendation.

The decision by the commander in chief is certain to spark criticism at home and abroad as the administration continues to face harsh scrutiny for its handling of the withdrawal and ongoing execution of an urgent evacuation effort at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

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