The United States began evacuating its diplomatic staff from the embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as the Taliban slowly entered the city after only the capital remained an “unconquered stronghold” and then declared that it “controls all of Afghanistan.”
– So far, we have a smaller number of people leaving, and most of the staff are prepared to leave. However, the embassy continues to function – said a US official who did not want to reveal his identity, Reuters reports.
The US Embassy informed its staff yesterday that it has insenerators in which they can destroy sensitive materials, regardless of whether they are in paper or electronic form.
It appears that this “reduces the amount of sensitive material” in the embassy building, according to the instructions that Reuters had access to.
An unnamed NATO envoy said several EU officials had moved to a safe location in Kabul.
CNN announces that embassy staff in Kabul will be evacuated in the next 72 hours
Biden, last month: “The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army. They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of the embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.” https://t.co/cMx5e2xjtn
— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) August 15, 2021
Reminds me of Vietnam
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden confirmed last night that the US delegation to the Doha talks, which included representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban, warned the rebels that any action risked the lives of the American staff and the speedy response. .
In a statement after talks with US national security officials, Biden said he had sent 5,000 troops to Afghanistan to allow the safe withdrawal of US personnel and Afghans assisting the United States during the mission, which posed a “special risk to the Taliban,” he said. AP previously.
Although Biden denied allegations of a recurrence of the Vietnam Debacle, when the Americans were evacuated from the roof of the embassy by helicopter in Saigon, we are not looking at that scenario again, this time in Kabul.
– There is no chance to see a situation due to which the people would be evacuated by helicopters from the roofs of the embassy in Kabul. The Taliban are not the army of North Vietnam. “They can’t even be compared in terms of abilities,” Biden said in July, drawing a parallel between Kabul and Saigon.
Only a month later, reality denied it.
Within weeks, the Afghan army disintegrated in the face of the Taliban’s mole offensive, to the general surprise of the world, because – hadn’t the Americans trained government forces to deal with the Taliban’s threat on their own in the last 20 years?
This morning, the world media confirmed that the Taliban rebel forces had conquered the city of Jalalabad in the western part of Afghanistan along the Kabul River, which is also the administrative center of Nangarhar province and is one of the key centers for transport and trade.
In the meantime, they have entered Kabul, “from all sides”, and are currently in the President’s Palace, negotiating with the authorities for a peaceful handover.
After entering Kabul, the Taliban ordered their fighters to refrain from violence, to allow them safe passage of all who wanted to do so, and asked women to take refuge in protected areas.
The Taliban, meanwhile, said they controlled the entire territory of Afghanistan.