Marines prepare to evacuate Kabul embassy
The Pentagon is preparing for a possible evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, amid fears that the Taliban may invade the compound in the coming days, the New York Times reported Thursday.
As the militant organization makes significant progress, capturing ten provincial capitals across the country, the State Department is expected to reduce embassy staff and is considering relocating its outpost to the Kabul airport, multiple sources said. CNN. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is positioning the Marines to cover the evacuation of personnel, as intelligence reports suggest that the Taliban may launch an assault within 30 days. Times reported.
The Western diplomatic source told CNN that temporarily moving the US embassy to the airport is the “most likely” course of action. A small staff will reportedly remain at the Kabul embassy while the rest will move out of the city center.
In addition, the US military is reportedly trying to evacuate “thousands” of US citizens and Afghan interpreters from the capital.
The Taliban’s advances come as US forces have formally withdrawn from war-torn territory under the leadership of President Biden. Biden confirmed at a recent press conference that the United States would continue to send air support and food supplies to help the Afghan army fight battles against the Taliban enemy, but would refrain from directly intervening.
A recent US intelligence assessment warns that the Taliban could seize Kabul in the next 30 to 60 days and gain full control of the nation in just months, according to reports.
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