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Taliban enter Afghanistan capital Kabul, U.S. forces evacuate diplomats


Aug 15, 2021

Taliban fighters started coming into the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, the final metropolis to have been up to now spared takeover by the militants amid their speedy sweep of the nation within the wake of U.S. forces departing.

A Taliban spokesperson mentioned the fighters supposed to barter a “peaceable give up” of town.

“Till a peace settlement is agreed, the safety of town and its residents is the accountability of the federal government and they need to assure it,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned in a press release.

A tweet from the Afghan Presidential Palace mentioned there have been “sporadic shootings in Kabul” however that the scenario is “below management” with the assistance of safety forces. The extent to which Taliban fighters have penetrated Kabul is just not but clear.

The Taliban have been within the districts of Kalakan, Qarabagh and Paghman, in line with the Related Press citing three Afghan officers. NBC Information couldn’t independently confirm this.

Since President Joe Biden’s April choice to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan earlier than Sept. 11, the Taliban have made beautiful battlefield advances with now practically the whole thing of the nation below their management.

The group beforehand captured the strategic metropolis of Ghazni, which had introduced their entrance line inside 95 miles of Kabul, a staggering improvement that spurred the deployment of 5,000 American troops again into the nation to assist with evacuations.

The U.S. forces returning to Afghanistan are tasked with a “very narrowly targeted mission” of evacuating embassy employees in Kabul.

The State Division has issued repeated requires U.S. residents to go away Afghanistan instantly, warning that its capacity to help residents is “extraordinarily restricted” attributable to deteriorating safety circumstances and lowered staffing.

Regardless of being vastly outnumbered by the Afghan army, which has lengthy been assisted by U.S. and coalition forces, the Taliban seized Kandahar and Herat, Afghanistan’s second- and third-largest cities final week. The group additionally took the strategic city of Pul-e-Alam, a metropolis that has one of many 4 predominant roads to Kabul.

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The Pentagon has beforehand mentioned that the continued Taliban offensive throughout the nation runs in opposition to a dedication made final yr by the group to have interaction in peace talks with the Afghan authorities.

The peace talks, that are hosted in Qatar, have since stalled.

“What we’re seeing on the bottom is that the Taliban continues to advance and to imagine management of district and provincial facilities that clearly signifies that they imagine it’s potential to achieve governance via power, via brutality, via violence, via oppression, which is at nice odds with their beforehand said aim of truly desirous to take part in a negotiated political answer,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby informed reporters lately.

He added that whereas the Pentagon is anxious to see such advances by the Taliban, the Afghan army should now leverage the practically twenty years of coaching from U.S. and NATO coalition forces.

“They’ve the benefit in numbers, in operational construction, in air forces and in trendy weaponry and it is actually about having the need and the management to make use of these benefits to their very own profit,” Kirby mentioned.

“The recipe cannot be only a fixed U.S. presence in Afghanistan that by no means ends,” he added.

Final week, Biden informed reporters on the White Home that he doesn’t remorse his choice to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, regardless of surprising positive aspects by the Taliban.

“Look, we spent over a trillion {dollars} over 20 years, we skilled and geared up with trendy tools over 300,000 Afghan forces,” Biden mentioned.

“Afghan leaders have to come back collectively,” the president added. “They have to battle for themselves, battle for his or her nation.”