What the papers say – August 24

The rising tension over Taliban threats surrounding the Afghanistan airlift features on most of the nation’s front pages.

Metro leads on the deadline given by the Taliban to US President Joe Biden for US troops to leave Kabul under a headline of “Seven days to go Joe”.

The i says the US and Britain are on a “collision course” with the Taliban over the deadline.

“Get out in seven days … or else”, says the Daily Express, leading on the threat from Afghanistan’s restored rulers.

The Guardian reports on the “race to complete Kabul airlift amid Taliban threat”, while the Financial Times says Mr Biden has been “squeezed between allies and the Taliban” over the evacuation deadline.

And The Times says “Britain faces airlift deadline”, while also reporting chemists are set to be able to offer free blood pressure checks.

Meanwhile, The Independent interviews a number of “desperate Afghans” on an RAF flight to Britain with a feature headed “Inside the escape from Kabul”.

And The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail lead on an apparent error in the Kabul evacuation drive, saying a suspect on the UK’s no-fly watchlist was flown to Britain before being intercepted by Border Force.

In other stories, the Daily Mirror says model Katie Price has been injured in a “home ‘bust-up'”.

And the Daily Star leads on a row involving ancient statues at a Cambridge University museum, saying “snowflakes” have complained the artworks are too white.