US Commits More Troops To Afghanistan Evacuation

The Washington Post reports:

The Taliban’s blitz across Afghanistan pushed closer to Kabul on Saturday, as U.S. diplomats appealed to the militants to stop the advance and President Biden warned that any moves to threaten American personnel or interests would be met with “a swift and strong” military response from the thousands of U.S. troops flooding into the capital.

A statement from Biden, issued Saturday afternoon, said that approximately 5,000 U.S. troops will be deployed to oversee the evacuation of U.S. diplomats, Afghans who have worked with coalition forces throughout the war and others at “special risk from the Taliban advance.”

A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive and evolving situation, said that an additional 1,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division would join a force of about 4,000 soldiers and Marines either already on the ground or arriving soon.

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