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US Rushes In Troops To Speed Up Evacuations In Afghanistan

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. With security rapidly deteriorating in Afghanistan, the United States is evacuating some personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and U.S. troops with be assisting at the Kabul airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(AP) — Rapid Taliban conquests across Afghanistan are leading the Biden administration to rush 3,000 fresh troops to the Kabul airport to help with a partial evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. And the U.S. is sending thousands more to the region, to be on standby and speed airlifts for Afghans who worked with the American military. The temporary buildup of troops for U.S. evacuations highlights the stunning pace of the Taliban takeover of much of the country. The Taliban completed their sweep of the country’s south on Friday as they took four more provincial capitals in a lightning offensive that is gradually encircling Kabul, just weeks before the U.S. is set to officially end its two-decade war.

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