5,000 soldiers to be sent to Kabul


US President Joe Biden has announced that he has increased the number of troops sent to Afghanistan to 5,000 to evacuate US embassy staff.

This comes in a statement released on Saturday by the White House about the rapid advance of the Taliban, who have increased their grip on Afghanistan’s biggest cities.

Biden noted, in this sense, the number of US embassy staff and troops sent to Kabul to evacuate Afghan civilians who cooperated with the United States and feared retaliation from the rebels.

The US President decided to increase the military deployment in Kabul to 5,000 troops, in order to secure and ensure the rapid evacuation of diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan.

The United States Department of Defense initially referred to the figure of 3,000 troops mobilized within the framework of this operation.

Biden also emphasized that Washington has informed “Taliban” representatives in Qatar that any action that threatens US forces and their missions in Afghanistan will result in a swift and counterproductive military response.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajar Chernis

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