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on the afghan evacuation mission would be met quickly and with force. mr biden said he was in constant contact with the taliban. nato's secretary general, jens stoltenberg, says several of the bloc�*s members have suggested extending the deadline for evacuations out of kabul airport beyond the 31st of august. borisjohnson says he has full confidence in his foreign secretary, dominic raab, after criticism over his handling of the crisis. mr raab has come under pressure, forfailing to call the afghan foreign minister over evacuation plans. there's been mounting anger in haiti over the slow delivery of aid to areas affected by saturday's earthquake. damage to roads is hampering access. more than 2000 people died in the quake. many more were injured.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are kate proctor, who's the editor of politics home and the businessjournalist, john crowley. most of tomorrow's front pages lead with the continuing crisis in afghanistan, as countries scramble to evacuate their citizens. the financial times leads with the pledge from president joe biden, who vows to get americans out of afghanistan. but the admission from president biden that not everyone will get out of afghanistan who wants to leave leads the telegraph. the i says the uk is considering sending british forces and diplomats into the crowds outside kabul airport to search for evacuees. according to the times, thousands of uk allies face being left behind in afghanistan.
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and the anguish at kabul airport is captured on the guardian, as a baby is passed into the hands of soldiers to escape the taliban rule. the possible threat to the uk from the taliban takeover leads the mirror, with security experts warning of a �*clear and present danger.�* and a different story on the express, which leads on the new drug in the fight against coronavirus. aimed at those who can't have the vaccination. let's plunge straight in. kate, do you want to kick us off this evening? let's start with the ft, which has that very powerful image of the tearful woman hoping to get on a truck at the border out of
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afghanistan. get on a truck at the border out of afghanistan-— get on a truck at the border out of afghanistan. sure. the ft leads on some of the _ afghanistan. sure. the ft leads on some of the most _ afghanistan. sure. the ft leads on some of the most important - afghanistan. sure. the ft leads on some of the most important newsl afghanistan. sure. the ft leads on | some of the most important news in the morning today, which is the speech president biden today —— reported today. they were trying to get people out of afghanistan. we talked about the timescale in which they could do that, and notably he said any american who wants to get home will be able to. there's also a factor in the ft story that the us have been able to get 13,000 people out of kabul since august 1a, and all of this is president biden trying to be on the front foot after receiving such a lot of criticism globally from his response to what happened in afghanistan. so, ithink the point of his conference was to give the impression that america is trying its best to get people out. as we'll see in the other papers, it's an extremely difficult situation and he's under an awful
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lot of pressure and criticism remains for the way he's handled all of this. , ., , , ~' remains for the way he's handled all of this. , ., , , ~ ~ , of this. john, very striking. as kate says. _ of this. john, very striking. as kate says, the _ of this. john, very striking. as kate says, the tone _ of this. john, very striking. as kate says, the tone of- of this. john, very striking. as kate says, the tone of that . kate says, the tone of that conference address to the nation, he also took questions afterwards with very much insisting this is america in control in the situation. hundreds of thousands of miles away. certainly, the reporting in the telegraph and the other papers that suggest a different message to a point the ft quoting officials as saying uk special forces on standby to snatch people out of taliban territory. to snatch people out of taliban territo . ~ , , , to snatch people out of taliban territo , ,, ,, territory. absolutely. this press conference _ territory. absolutely. this press conference at _ territory. absolutely. this press conference at the _ territory. absolutely. this press conference at the white - territory. absolutely. this press conference at the white house | territory. absolutely. this press i conference at the white house was desperately trying to project a sense — desperately trying to project a sense of— desperately trying to project a sense of calm, as kate wasjust saying — sense of calm, as kate wasjust saying it — sense of calm, as kate wasjust saying. it follows what can only be described — saying. it follows what can only be described as car crash interview
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with_ described as car crash interview with abc— described as car crash interview with abc news, and which he came across_ with abc news, and which he came across as _ with abc news, and which he came across as unfeeling and really touchy — across as unfeeling and really touchy at _ across as unfeeling and really touchy at the criticism and very much _ touchy at the criticism and very much alone or. he was flanked by his main _ much alone or. he was flanked by his main people — much alone or. he was flanked by his main people on that press conference tonight _ main people on that press conference tonight. yes, the ft reveals that the 13,000 afghanis and americans managed _ the 13,000 afghanis and americans managed to have been slow i'm so far -- phone— managed to have been slow i'm so far -- phone out— managed to have been slow i'm so far —— phone out so far. they were also talking _ —— phone out so far. they were also talking about — —— phone out so far. they were also talking about the nato secretary—general, who is also quoted — secretary—general, who is also quoted in— secretary—general, who is also quoted in this piece saying at the moment, — quoted in this piece saying at the moment, we have more planes than passengers — moment, we have more planes than passengers at the moment, which speaks _ passengers at the moment, which speaks to— passengers at the moment, which speaks to what is happening in the other— speaks to what is happening in the other papers. it�*s speaks to what is happening in the other papers— other papers. it's interesting because boris _ other papers. it's interesting because boris johnson - other papers. it's interesting because boris johnson was i other papers. it's interesting - because boris johnson was insisting because borisjohnson was insisting on wednesday, there's no question... no question of flights leaving with
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empty spaces. there's clearly a much murkier picture than that. the telegraph, a baby to being handed over, and it looks like a toddler in this photograph. being hoisted up and helped by a couple of paratroopers. these images are very striking, of people so desperate to get out of afghanistan. how will the taliban tolerate this image being projected on the world was blue it seems chaos that projected on the world was blue it seems chao— projected on the world was blue it seems chao . �* �* , ., seems chaos that bbc viewers have watched suck _ seems chaos that bbc viewers have watched suck under _ seems chaos that bbc viewers have watched suck under current - seems chaos that bbc viewers have | watched suck under current bonnie's piece _ watched suck under current bonnie's piece of— watched suck under current bonnie's piece of people pushing others away, and that's— piece of people pushing others away, and that's what's happening to the americans— and that's what's happening to the americans as well. you wonder what
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deal is _ americans as well. you wonder what deal is being struck behind closed doors _ deal is being struck behind closed doors -- — deal is being struck behind closed doors —— secunder kermani's piece. they're _ doors —— secunder kermani's piece. they're not— doors —— secunder kermani's piece. they're not allowed to engage with us, uk_ they're not allowed to engage with us, uk troops. this airlift finishes whenever— us, uk troops. this airlift finishes whenever that happens. but you fearm _ whenever that happens. but you fear... we're hearing about family members— fear... we're hearing about family members who were murdered by the taliban, _ members who were murdered by the taliban, and you do fear what will happen— taliban, and you do fear what will happen when nato troops eventually leave _ happen when nato troops eventually leave. ., , happen when nato troops eventually leave. . , ,_ leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically. _ leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically, they _ leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically, they may _ leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically, they may not - leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically, they may not get - leave. the telegraph saying quite specifically, they may not get out| specifically, they may not get out and they may well become subject to retribution, stories emerging from countries. taliban locally have been going around and some of those
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areas. basically ran people up. that's right, and joe biden admitted this was extremely dangerous and they won't be able to get everybody out. they're in the process of trying to get people in and out of the airport, may be suggesting there is a risk of loss. whether it's around the airport or whether it's across the country, in remote areas, this situation is extremely dangerous, it's extremely... i think this piece, it talks about this deadline and how much we can give to the airlift. there's some pressure onjoe biden, who said he believes it will be able to be done by the end of august, but there is pressure. if you don't get everyone out, you'll have to extend that period of time. that's 11 days away, and i think they'll be talking about something very different in a few days. at the moment, pressure to
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extend the deadline.— days. at the moment, pressure to extend the deadline. kate, i correct m self. extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself- there _ extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself. there is _ extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself. there is a _ extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself. there is a baby _ extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself. there is a baby and - extend the deadline. kate, i correct myself. there is a baby and they . extend the deadline. kate, i correct| myself. there is a baby and they are on the front of the times and the guardian. it's a very grainy image that they've blown up. the guardian took it slightly wider in its picture. the quote from it we should all hang our heads in shame. it's interesting because the papers we've talked about taking very detached journalistic views, trying to see the wider picture. the guardian has gone for the emotion, but it's a different take. i suppose a reminder if you can get journalist stuart scott —— describe some of those scenes, you get a
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different picture. you take the human side. it really does have an impact. i human side. it really does have an im act. ~ �* , human side. it really does have an imact. ~ 3 ., , impact. i think it's really important _ impact. i think it's really important that _ impact. i think it's really important that we - impact. i think it's really important that we see . impact. i think it's really - important that we see images like this. they'll be the things we remember in years to come. of course, it's the emotion and seeing the people which makes sense of the fact of when we talk about a policy and how the uk will help people in afghanistan, it's really important that as brits, we understand and we see who it is we're talking about. we're talking about that baby that has been lifted into the arms of a soldier there.— has been lifted into the arms of a soldier there. quite possibly from a famil of soldier there. quite possibly from a family of adults _ soldier there. quite possibly from a family of adults of _ soldier there. quite possibly from a family of adults of children - soldier there. quite possibly from a family of adults of children who - family of adults of children who were not even born last time. what do you take from this, john? there is a sense on that interview with
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biden that this is largely forgotten by the americans, partly because they were no longer fighting and there were no casualties. do you think it's the same in this country as well? do you think we kind of largely parked afghanistan as something that happened in recent history, but not something with any direct relevance to us now? the daily mirror _ direct relevance to us now? the daily mirror actually addresses that and says— daily mirror actually addresses that and says if— daily mirror actually addresses that and says if you think this is something that's happening in a far-away— something that's happening in a far—away land, this terror threat, it wiii— far—away land, this terror threat, it will come — far—away land, this terror threat, it will come back. i think it's richard _ it will come back. i think it's richard kemp. he's saying that the terrorists— richard kemp. he's saying that the terrorists will exploit, whether they _ terrorists will exploit, whether they work with the taliban or not, they work with the taliban or not, they wiii— they work with the taliban or not, they will plan attacks on the west. what _ they will plan attacks on the west. what kate — they will plan attacks on the west. what kate was saying about the guardian — what kate was saying about the guardian being emotional or us
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talking — guardian being emotional or us talking about it being emotional, or you, talking about it being emotional, or you. i_ talking about it being emotional, or you. ithink— talking about it being emotional, or you, i think it's bringing home that this is— you, i think it's bringing home that this is a _ you, i think it's bringing home that this is a humanitarian crisis. everyone _ this is a humanitarian crisis. everyone is talking about the ground powers _ everyone is talking about the ground powers and what this means. people are suffering out there really, reaiiy — are suffering out there really, really badly. just go back to the scenes— really badly. just go back to the scenes in— really badly. just go back to the scenes in the bbc where you had some british— scenes in the bbc where you had some british passport photos, uk citizens -- passport— british passport photos, uk citizens —— passport holders who are being pushed _ —— passport holders who are being pushed away by british serviceman. perhaps _ pushed away by british serviceman. perhaps they were just trying to maintain — perhaps they were just trying to maintain control, but there was a problem — maintain control, but there was a problem with the process at the moment — problem with the process at the moment. as you said with the i newspaper, the reason that british forces _ newspaper, the reason that british forces are — newspaper, the reason that british forces are considering going in and doing _ forces are considering going in and doing these rescue troops is because it'sjust _ doing these rescue troops is because it'sjust absolute doing these rescue troops is because it's just absolute carnage. outside places where british soldiers _ outside places where british soldiers are. you just cannot process— soldiers are. you just cannot process these people. i think in one of the _
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process these people. i think in one of the pieces, i think it's the times. — of the pieces, i think it's the times, they say there's a 6000 peopie — times, they say there's a 6000 people who still need to be processed. when you think about the airlift. _ processed. when you think about the airlift. that _ processed. when you think about the airlift, that took 11 months. we're trying _ airlift, that took 11 months. we're trying to— airlift, that took 11 months. we're trying to take human beings out of there. _ trying to take human beings out of there. and — trying to take human beings out of there, and it'sjust five days in. the _ there, and it'sjust five days in. the think— there, and it'sjust five days in. the think you can take thousands of peopie _ the think you can take thousands of peopie in— the think you can take thousands of people in these conditions isjust beyond _ people in these conditions isjust beyond comprehension. the i people in these conditions is 'ust beyond comprehension.�* beyond comprehension. the i is interesting _ beyond comprehension. the i is interesting because _ beyond comprehension. the i is interesting because i _ beyond comprehension. the i is interesting because i haven't i beyond comprehension. the i is i interesting because i haven't seen this line. i've seen the point about uk special forces on standby in the ft or the telegraph, but this line, time is running out not least of course the deadline which biden has set. even he himself said that may not be met. he was asked about that at the news conference this evening. but the idea of a british troops surrounding diplomats, escorting them out in defiance of the taliban, that's only going to happen if there
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is some negotiation with the taliban, and i take it back to the thought before — how long will the taliban tolerate this idea as its own land, as it sees it, foreign troops... the whole point was to get them out. to extract people, some of whom the taliban make contest whether they should be able to leave afghanistan. i whether they should be able to leave afr hanistan. ~ �* . whether they should be able to leave afuhanistan. ~ �*, , , afghanistan. i think it's possible that although _ afghanistan. i think it's possible that although the _ afghanistan. i think it's possible that although the taliban - afghanistan. i think it's possible that although the taliban has i afghanistan. i think it's possible i that although the taliban has taken kabul, it's not the place where they enjoy their strongest amount of support. it might be that the way that they act and react to seeing us british soldiers might be this period in which there seems to be some kind of understanding that people need to leave, that that might continue more so than if the, if it was in another part of the country where the taliban have much more support from the people that
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lived there. so much of this is about how long the taliban will take, having their airport run by other nations. it feels like it's been days and days already. difficult to establish at this particular point how much longer they'll give. we've it'sjust absolute chaos. it's hard to work out how anyone can get on a plane. i out how anyone can get on a plane. i wonder what you make of the mirror front page. at every stage we've heard, others saying the al-qaeda problem is being sold. bin laden is dead, was executed by the special forces in pakistan, an american ally, by 0bama
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without telling the pakistani government.

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