Kabul: Two major cities of Afghanistan, Kandahar and Herat, fell to Taliban insurgence on Thursday, adding to the pressure on the already distressed government. With Taliban claiming victory over the two cities, embassies have started removing their staff from the embattled country.
Kandahar and Herat the second and third largest cities of Afghanistan. Within a week, Taliban have taken over 12 of the 34 provincial capitals. They took over Ghazni, which is just 150 km from Kabul, on Thursday before taking over Kandahar and Herat
US has said it will send 3,000 troops within 48 hours to help evacuate its people from its embassy in Kabul. US spokesperson Ned Price said that the embassy would remain open, adding that “this is not abandonment. This is not an evacuation. This is not the wholesale withdrawal.”
Alongside, Britain will send 600 troops to allow its nationals to safely return from there. The Turkish embassy in Kabul said it was best to “reduce our foot print” not only because of the rising threat of violence, but also resources, adding that the medical facilities were under massive pressure.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Kabul condemned the unlawful detention of several members of the Afghan government and urged for their immediate release.
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