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US cuts employees at Kabul embassy right down to ‘core presence’ as Taliban closes in

US cuts staff at Kabul embassy down to ‘core presence’ as Taliban closes in

The US State Division is reducing employees at its Kabul embassy right down to a “core diplomatic presence,” because the Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital. In the meantime, Americans in Afghanistan have been urged to flee the nation.

Talking at a briefing in Washington on Thursday, State Division spokesman Ned Worth mentioned that the US will cut back its employees numbers in Afghanistan right down to a “core diplomatic presence” in Kabul.

Hours earlier, the embassy in Kabul warned all People remaining in Afghanistan to go away “instantly,” providing them help in buying aircraft tickets and securing visas for relations if needed.

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Two US officers additionally informed Reuters {that a} “important” variety of People could be evacuated from the embassy, with Pentagon spokesman John Kirby later telling the media that 3,000 US troops could be despatched to the embassy and to Kabul airport to help with the evacuation. Regardless of the reinsertion of 1000’s of troops, Kirby insisted that the deployment didn’t symbolize a reversal of the American withdrawal, however was meant to get US embassy personnel securely overseas.

Amid the obvious scramble to get People overseas, Worth insisted that “our embassy stays open and our diplomatic mission will endure.”

Nonetheless, US diplomacy has apparently fallen on deaf ears in Afghanistan since American troops started their withdrawal from the nation in Might. Regardless of ongoing US-supported peace talks in Qatar, and appeals from the White Home, the Taliban’s blitzkrieg marketing campaign to retake management of Afghanistan continues unabated.

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A Taliban fighter stands guard at the entrance of the police headquarters in Ghazni on August 12, 2021. © AFP
Taliban claims seize of Afghanistan’s 2nd-largest metropolis Kandahar as govt forces reportedly withdraw (VIDEOS)

Shortly earlier than Worth’s briefing, the militants claimed management of Kandahar, the nation’s second-largest metropolis. Earlier on Thursday they took management of Ghazni, 150km (95 miles) from the capital, and across the time of the briefing they reportedly seized Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city middle. If studies of the Taliban’s success at Kandahar and Herat are true, the group now controls 12 Afghan provincial capitals, and greater than two-thirds of Afghanistan’s territory.

With out US assist, Afghanistan’s navy has struggled to counter the Taliban risk. Troops stationed close to the nation’s borders have been pushed out into neighboring international locations, and earlier on Thursday, the US embassy in Kabul reported that surrendering Afghan troops have been executed and their navy and civilian leaders unlawfully detained by Taliban forces.

The US embassy in Kabul described the alleged executions as “deeply disturbing,” including that they “might represent conflict crimes.” 

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