ROME, AUG 24 – The Taliban could close the Kabul airport by force if the US and its allies try to extend the August 31 deadline to complete the evacuations: British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said in an interview with the BBC. a few hours after the G7 summit on Afghanistan. “The Taliban – he noted – have already said that an extension would have ‘consequences’… these could range from preventing people from reaching the airport to military activities that could potentially close the airport. That’s why our goal is to get as many people out every hour ”. (HANDLE).