A US official said on Saturday that US soldiers have arrived in Kabul to help evacuate US embassy staff and other civilians from the Afghan capital, a day after Taliban fighters seized control of the country’s second and third largest cities. Marines) and three infantrymen, numbering about 3,000 soldiers, will arrive in Kabul by Sunday evening.
“They have started arriving. They will arrive successively until tomorrow,” the official told Reuters, asking not to be named.
Britain and other European countries are sending soldiers to Afghanistan in light of the collapse of the resistance of the Afghan government forces and fears of a Taliban attack on Kabul within days.
An Afghan government official confirmed that the Taliban had taken control of Kandahar, the economic center in the south of the country, at a time when international forces were completing their withdrawal after a 20-year war.
Herat also fell to the Taliban.
The US embassy in Kabul notified its employees in a memo seen by Reuters that it had provided burning boxes to destroy items such as paper and electronic devices in order to “reduce the volume of sensitive materials at the facility”.