U.S. sees major issues in getting accurate count of citizens in Afghanistan as Biden debates extending deadline;

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With logistics and conditions at the Kabul international airport growing more dire, Joe Biden is scheduled Tuesday to discuss with a group of allies the possibility of extending the Aug. 31 deadline

  • Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday that the exact number has been hard to assess since many Americans didn’t register with the embassy when they arrived in Afghanistan, and many didn’t deregister when they left.
  • “Now, it’s our responsibility to find them,” Mr. Sullivan said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was working to contact Americans in Afghanistan through text, email and phone.
  • The State Department doesn’t know exactly how many Americans are left on the ground, although some have estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 were there when the evacuations began, several U.S. officials said.

SOURCE: WSJ

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