US soldiers, who are helping with the evacuation effort, are due to leave Kabul Airport in under a week. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to ask President Biden to delay that withdrawal.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:33 – Story
1:50 – Headline 1: Afghanistan: PM to press Biden to delay Kabul withdrawal
4:45 – Headline 2: Afghanistan: Boris Johnson to personally plead with Joe Biden to extend deadline for US withdrawal
7:02 – Headline 3: Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to delay US withdrawal from Afghanistan
9:30 – Language summary

The story:
Boris Johnson is expected to personally ask President Biden to delay withdrawing the last American forces from Afghanistan to allow more time for the evacuation effort at Kabul International Airport.

The prime minister will make the request at an emergency meeting of leaders from the G7 group of countries tomorrow, which will take place via video link.

In just over a week, US troops are due to leave the airport, where Afghans who worked for the British military are among thousands of people trying to escape the Taliban.

Key words and phrases:

try to persuade someone forcefully

  • She decided to press him for answers at the meeting.
  • My boss pressed me to get my work finished quickly.

urgently request

  • He decided to plead with his boss for forgiveness.
  • She pleaded with him to change his mind.

apply pressure

  • He felt his parents wanted to push him into getting married.
  • He was pushed into giving his opinions.

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