Published On: Sun, Aug 15th, 2021

Biden Secretary of State: US Embassy Staff Being Evacuated in Kabul

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Aug. 15 that the United States is evacuating its personnel from the embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, although he didn’t say whether the embassy would be closed. “We are working to make sure that our personnel are safe and secure,” Blinken said during an ABC News interview. “We’re relocating the men and women of our embassy to a location at the airport. It’s why the president sent in a number of forces, to make sure that as we continue to draw down our diplomatic presence, we do it in a safe and orderly fashion.” Taliban forces surrounded Kabul over the weekend, and the Afghan government and Taliban both confirmed on Aug. 15 that talks are being held to transfer power peacefully. In about a week, the terrorist group took over much of the country, seizing numerous provincial capitals as the Afghan army surrendered en masse …

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