US begins evacuating some embassy staff from Afghanistan with navy help: NPR

According to the Pentagon, another 3,000 US soldiers are on their way to Afghanistan to support the evacuation efforts. Three infantry battalions are expected to arrive at Kabul International Airport in the next 24-48 hours. Afghan personnel are pictured in May guarding the Green Zone, which is home to embassies. Rahmat Gul / AP Hide caption

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According to the Pentagon, another 3,000 US soldiers are on their way to Afghanistan to support the evacuation efforts. Three infantry battalions are expected to arrive at Kabul International Airport in the next 24-48 hours. Afghan personnel are pictured in May guarding the Green Zone, which is home to embassies.

Rahmat Gul / AP

The US is evacuating “significant” numbers from its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, while Taliban forces gain ground across the country.

The Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that, in view of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, it would reduce its civilian footprint from around 4,000 men to a “diplomatic core presence”.

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“Our embassy will remain open and our diplomatic mission will continue,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, in the past few days, embassy officials have urged Americans to leave Afghanistan immediately.

According to the Pentagon, another 3,000 US soldiers are on their way to Afghanistan to support the evacuation efforts. Three infantry battalions are expected to arrive at Kabul International Airport in the next 24-48 hours.

There are currently 650 US soldiers in Afghanistan guarding the Kabul embassy and international airport.

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