The Taliban’s all-out effort across war-torn Afghanistan pushed to within kilometers of the capital city Kabul on Saturday, as remaining provinces and towns continued to fall to the militant groups with a pace that appeared unbelievable just seven days ago. Two Pentagon officials said Sunday that additional thousand American forces would be sent to Kabul to aid with the worsening security circumstances in the capital city.
That deployment would bring the forces’ number to approximately six thousand as America rushes to leave Afghanistan due to Taliban advance capped on Sunday by the collapse of Afghanistan’s administration. On Saturday, Joe Biden, The U.S. President, authorized the deployment of five thousand forces to Afghanistan amid a U.S. withdrawal that has encouraged the Taliban forces to take over numerous cities.
Kabul is safe. No violence expected. Taliban says they would wait at the gates as the talks for smooth transition of power takes place. The transition of power has been postponed to tomorrow or day after. US continues to mediate in the talks and ensure evacuation of US embassy.
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Biden stated that he’d approved the deployment of about five thousand American troops to ensure they could have a well-ordered and safe reduction of American personnel and other ally personnel, as well as the safe and tidy evacuation of those Afghans who aided their forces during their mission.
The Taliban’s shockingly rapid advances across war-torn Afghanistan have prompted global alarm, restoring uncertainties about the credibility of American foreign policy pledges and drawing severe condemnations even from sone America’s closest allies.
Taliban Entered Presidential Palace
Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, fled Afghanistan, and the militants are on the edge of full political power.
Al Jazeera gained the exclusive footage of Taliban officials, surrounded by several armed Taliban fighters, addressing the news outlets from the nation’s seat of power on Sunday. They entered the Presidential Palace after the Afghan President left the country due to the Taliban’s swift capturing, which took control over twenty-six of the country’s thirty-four provincial capitals in just two weeks.
Later, Ghani said in a Facebook post that the President fled to halt further bloodshed. Moreover, he said that the Taliban have triumphed with the judgment of their guns and swords and are now answerable for the property, honor, and self-defense of their compatriot.
The extra forces are from the 82nd Airborne Division battalion, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that was already heading to Kuwait. Present-day, a couple of the battalions have been rerouted directly to Kabul, Afghanistan, from Kuwait.
Biden Warned Taliban of Strong Military Response
On Tuesday, Joe Biden told the media at the White House that Afghan authorities have to come together. They lost hundreds and thousands to injury and death, many of U.S. personnel. Moreover, they’ve got to fight for themselves, for their country. However, the Defense Department officials said that there hadn’t been any contact between the Taliban and the United States military troop, nor any gunfight. Also, there haven’t been any air-raids requests from the Afghan forces.
The increased evacuation of all employees from the American Embassy followed an extremely quickly Taliban attack across Afghanistan. American forces started a swift pullout in April, with the remaining American forces due to leave under the 31st August deadline set by the U.S. President.
The United States Flag was lowered from the Embassy of the U.S. compound. The officials said that the American military had flown at least five hundred embassy personnel out of Afghanistan on a military plane. The goal is to withdraw nearly five thousand daily, but American troops wouldn’t have that ability for a couple of days.
A defense official stated that they’re not “taking the security at the International Airport for granted.” Furthermore, on Saturday, Joe Biden cautioned the Taliban that any movements that put American personnel in danger will be met with a quick and firm American military response.