US troops arrive in Kabul to help evacuate US Embassy staff
US troops have started arriving in Kabul to help evacuate US embassy staff from the war-torn country where the Taliban are gaining ground against security forces, a media outlet said on Saturday, citing an informed official.
The TOLO News report quoted the official as saying that the arrival of troops would continue until Sunday (August 15).
On Thursday, August 12, US State Department spokesman Ned Price announced that the country would deploy thousands of troops to Kabul airport to support the withdrawal of US embassy staff amid the security situation. in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate.
Price said the embassy will remain open and the United States plans to continue diplomatic work in the country.
Also Thursday, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that three infantry battalions, or around 3,000 troops, will be deployed to Kabul airport within 24 to 48 hours.
In addition, approximately 1,000 personnel from a joint U.S. Army and Air Force support team will be dispatched to Qatar to facilitate the processing of Afghan applicants for special immigrant visas (SIVs). .
An infantry brigade combat team will arrive in Kuwait next week in case additional forces are required.
Saturday’s development comes as Taliban militants continued to make rapid military advances across the country.
Earlier today, the Taliban claimed to have captured two other provincial capitals, Tirin Kot (Uruzgan) and Firoz Koah (Ghor).
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said that most areas of Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province, had fallen to the Taliban, adding that the clashes continued in an office of the intelligence agency and at two military bases in the city.
Pul-e-Alam, about 60 km south of the national capital of Kabul, has been the scene of heavy clashes since Friday morning when the Taliban stormed the city from various locations.
In the past week, insurgents have invaded more than 10 provincial capitals, including the cities of Herat, Kandahar and Ghazni.
The situation in this war-torn country has worsened since the withdrawal of US-led troops on May 1.
Many Afghan cities and around half of the country’s 34 provinces have seen fierce battles and intense fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban militants in recent weeks.
US President Joe Biden ordered the US military to end its mission in Afghanistan by August 31.
Earlier this month, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the rapid withdrawal of US-led troops on escalating violence in his country.
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