US deploys added troops in Kabul to abandon noncombatant cadre as Taliban closes in
The Biden administering is deploying several bags of its troops to the Kabul airport to abutment the alike and safe abridgement of noncombatant cadre mainly from its embassy.
Two battalions of US Marines and one US Army army will move to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul aural the abutting 24 to 48 hours (AP photo)
The Biden administering is deploying several bags of its troops to the Kabul airport to abutment the alike and safe abridgement of noncombatant cadre mainly from its embassy, admiral at the Pentagon and the State Department said Thursday.
“We are added abbreviation our noncombatant brand in Kabul in ablaze of the evolving aegis situation. We apprehend to draw bottomward to a amount adept attendance in Afghanistan in the advancing weeks. In adjustment to facilitate this reduction, the Department of Defence will briefly arrange added cadre to Hamid Karzai International Airport,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his circadian account conference. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday batten over buzz with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to alike the planning, he said.
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“The admiral charcoal accessible and we plan to abide our adept assignment in Afghanistan. The United States will abide to abutment consular services, and that includes the processing and operations of the Special Immigrant Visa Program, and we'll abide to appoint in address with the Afghan government and the Afghan people. Additionally, we will abide our focus on counterterrorism,” he said.
Giving capacity of the deployment of US troops to Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that the aboriginal movement will abide of three infantry battalions that are currently in the Central Command breadth of responsibility.
They will move to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul aural the abutting 24 to 48 hours. Two of those battalions are United States Marines and one is a US Army battalion, he said.
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The abutting movement will abide of a collective US Army-Air Force abutment aspect of about 1,000 cadre to facilitate the processing of SIV applicants. Initial elements of this movement, of this element, will access in Qatar in the advancing days, he added.
“The third movement is to active and to arrange one Infantry Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Bragg to Kuwait, area they will be postured and prepared, if needed, to accommodate added aegis at the airport. We ahead those armament will ability Kuwait ancient aural the abutting week,” Kirby said.
The US admiral in Kabul has been on ordered abandonment back April 27, Price said. “We accept been evaluating the aegis bearings every day to actuate how best to accumulate those confined at our admiral safe. This is what we do for every adept column in a arduous aegis environment,” he said.