On Thursday, when more Afghan cities were occupied by the insurgent group Taliban in Afghanistan, the current administration of Joe Biden said that America is pulling out staff from its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the horrible security situation in the country and leaving just a main diplomatic presence.
John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, described that three thousand American troops are being placed to help the withdrawal, which is likely to be done by late August. A western diplomatic source, an American office, and another source with the knowledge of the matter described to a media agency, CNN, that the United States is thinking about shifting the American embassy to the Kabul airport.
The Taliban gains more quickly
Striking developments of Thursday appear weeks ahead of the determined end of America’s 2-decade military war in Afghanistan and when the insurgent group Taliban have quickly detained control of around twelve provisional capitals of the country.
Sources described that in a few hours leading up to the declaration of the American embassy’s withdrawal, national security regulators arranged a group of calls and summits with a mounting sense of urgency about the growing gains of the Taliban group. Moreover, the administration has evaluated that the Taliban’s fighters’ skill is at its best since 2001. And the Taliban’s gains have ramped up more quickly than several American regulators anticipated, and American intelligence assessments showed that Kabul could possibly become isolated within a few weeks.
Biden ordered to withdraw personnel from Afghanistan
Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary, and Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, told Joe Biden about the Thursday morning condition, and Biden ordered for the withdrawal.
Ned Price, State Department spokesman, explained that the trimming of a core diplomatic presence was being held in light of the growing security situation in Afghanistan.
At the department press briefing, he added that their first responsibility has always been protecting the security and safety of their citizens serving in Afghanistan and across the world. He said that as they have said all along, the boosted tempo of the insurgent group Taliban military engagement and the resulting surge in instability and violence all across Afghanistan is of grave concern.
Kirby and Price explained that Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, discussed with Ashraf Ghani (Afghan President) on Thursday to cooperate planning for the drawdown.