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Irish Army Rangers en route to Kabul as Coveney calls for evacuation deadline delay

  • Calls for Biden to delay pulling troops out of Afghanistan
  • Total of 25 Irish citizens and 12 dependants stranded in Kabul – need to be evacuated before August 31
  • Irish Army Rangers and two officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs due to arrive in Kabul today to help facilitate evacuations
  • Taliban takeover prompts fears of a resurgent al-Qaida

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A Taliban fighter stands guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan

A Taliban fighter stands guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier, right, and Taliban fighter, stand guard on their respective sides while a truck moves to cross at a border crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier, right, and Taliban fighter, stand guard on their respective sides while a truck moves to cross at a border crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

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A Taliban fighter stands guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is calling for US President Joe Biden to delay pulling troops out of Afghanistan.

The minister joins calls from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is also pressing Biden for an extension.


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