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UK defence secretary Ben Wallace has warned of increasing risks of attacks on troops and evacuees at Kabul airport, as world leaders prepare to push Joe Biden to extend the US-led evacuation from Afghanistan beyond August 31.
At an emergency G7 meeting, the US president will hear calls from allies including Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, and Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, to negotiate with the Taliban for an extension, even though the Islamist group has said it will not accept any delay.
“As we get closer to the deadline, I think it’s correct to say the security risk goes up,” Wallace told Sky News on Tuesday ahead of the meeting. “It just gets more and more dangerous as add-on groups and other terrorist groups such as ISIS would like to be seen taking credit, or would like to be seen to chase the west out of the airport.”
Wallace said that world…