On Sunday, Taliban troops in Afghanistan seized additional provincial capitals, including Jalalabad, a vital eastern city, leaving Kabul as the only major city still under government control.
According to reports, the United States has begun to evacuate its embassy in Kabul due to concerns that a Taliban attack on the capital, Afghanistan’s biggest city, might occur within days. The Associated Press reported that helicopters arrived at the US facility early Sunday.
A 1000 More American Boots Back In Afganistan Most Cities Fall to Taliban Forces
President Joe Biden increased military deployment on Saturday in an effort to guarantee a “orderly and safe withdrawal.” The fundamentalist groups’ fast, domino-like takeover of Afghanistan’s cities has sparked bipartisan criticism of Biden’s departure plan and surprised many US officials.
Afghanistan’s sixth biggest city is Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Taliban insurgents also seized Maidan Wardak, the provincial capital a few hours west of Kabul, on Sunday.
According to a military source, Biden’s permission adds roughly 1,000 US troops to the deployment of 3,000 Marines and soldiers announced this week, as well as 1,000 troops currently stationed at the airport and the embassy in Kabul.
The aim is to “ensure an orderly and secure drawdown of US and other partner forces, as well as an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who assisted our troops throughout our mission and those who are most vulnerable to the Taliban advance,” according to the president.
Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David, defended his decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan after a 20-year conflict, which is the longest in American history.
Biden said, “I was the fourth president to preside over an American military presence in Afghanistan — two Republicans and two Democrats.” “I would not, and would not, hand this conflict over to a fifth generation.”
“An additional year or five years of US military involvement would have made no difference if the Afghan forces could not or would not hold its own country,” he added.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley will inform members of Congress.
In less than three weeks, Taliban militants have seized control of the majority of Afghanistan. The weekend operations expanded their authority near Kabul as well as to distant Pakistani border areas.
According to the Associated Press, Taliban fighters now control all of Afghanistan’s border crossings, leaving Kabul airport as the sole way out.
In a televised address on Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that reorganizing the country’s military was a key priority.
Ghani said he was in discussions with global leaders and local lawmakers, but he didn’t elaborate. He promised not to forsake the “achievements” of the last 20 years.
Biden has urged Blinken to back Ghani and other Afghan officials “as they strive to avoid more violence and pursue a political solution,” according to Biden. According to the State Department, Blinken talked with Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation Chairman Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday.
Taliban leaders have been warned that any acts that endanger US troops would be met with a “rapid and robust US military reaction.”
The majority of foreign soldiers have already gone, with the rest scheduled to leave by August 31, as Biden fulfills former President Donald Trump‘s pledge to bring the conflict to a close.
As the security situation worsens, the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and other nations are prepared to withdraw their ambassadors. The US embassy in Kabul has been ordered to delete critical documents.
According to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Germany’s Air Force would deploy military transport planes to Kabul on Monday to securely evacuate German citizens.
”Right now, our main concern is the protection of our diplomatic staff,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was quoted in the newspaper as saying. “We will not allow our countrymen to fall into the Taliban’s hands.”
On Friday, retired Marine Corps Major General Arnold Punaro told Bloomberg News that the Taliban would build an Islamic state in Afghanistan similar to the one they created before the US invasion.
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