According to the Pentagon, new U.S. troops arrived in Kabul on Saturday to evacuate thousands of U.S. and Afghan civilians as the Taliban appeared at the gates of the Afghan capital.
After the Marine Corps’ first contingent arrives on Friday, US troops are landing in Kabul, “said Afghan Commander Bill Urban, fearing retaliation from diplomats and the Afghan and Taliban who worked for the United States.
He did not specify their number or whether the expulsion of ambassadors from the US embassy in Kabul had begun.
The United States plans to evacuate “thousands of people a day”, with the Pentagon deploying 3,000 troops at the capital’s airport by the end of the week, its spokesman John Kirby said Friday.
The U.S. embassy in Kabul was staffed by about 4,200 people this week. Many thousands of Afghans who have worked as translators or other supporting roles for two decades of American work are eager to leave the country as soon as possible for fear of Taliban retaliation.
In all, the Pentagon estimates that about 30,000 people will have to be evacuated by August 31, the date set by President Joe Biden for the full withdrawal of US troops.
As the Taliban took control of northern, western and southern Afghanistan for almost a week and surrounded Kabul, the US president left to spend a few days at his home. Delaware, Wilmington.
Mr Biden went to Camp David’s Presidential Palace on Friday evening, with excellent telecommunications, where he stayed until Wednesday. When the situation worsens he can get his advisors there very wisely.
He took part in a video conference with his top national security advisers on Saturday morning, “to discuss efforts to reduce our public presence in Afghanistan, to expel Afghan candidates for immigration and to study the situation on the ground,” a White House official told reporters anonymously.
Afghans who want to immigrate to the United States will initially be sent to Qatar, where there are already U.S. military doctors and military police, but the immigration process takes several months and the United States has not yet announced. Any countries that were willing to welcome them are waiting for their immigration visa to be issued.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinkon raised the issue in a telephone interview with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed al-Thani on Thursday, according to a State Department statement.
Mr Blinken said he “thanked the Minister for playing a key role in Qatar’s efforts to find a just and lasting solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, as well as the United States to ensure the safety of Afghan citizens.” Foreign Affairs.
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