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U.S. Troops Dispatched to Assist With Evacuations in Kabul
The Pentagon’s press secretary, John Kirby, said the military was deploying troops to provide security for the American Embassy in Kabul, and to assist with evacuating personnel and Afghan special immigrant visa holders.
The president has ordered the reduction of civilian personnel at our embassy in Kabul, and the acceleration of the evacuation of Afghan special immigrant visa applicants from the country. To enable the safe, orderly reduction, the secretary of defense has directed the department to position temporary enabling capabilities to ensure the safety and security of U.S. and partner civilian personnel. Now, I want to stress that these forces are being deployed to support the orderly and safe reduction of civilian personnel at the request of the State Department and to help facilitate an accelerated process of working through S.I.V. applicants. This is a temporary mission with a narrow focus. As with all deployments of our troops into harm’s way, our commanders have the inherent right of self-defense, and any attack on them can and will be met with a forceful and an appropriate response. As the State Department has said, they’re going to try to complete this reduction of their personnel by the end of this month. And these troops are being ordered in to help facilitate that purpose, that mission along that timeline. It would be wrong to conclude that there was one specific event that led to this decision, that we believe this is the prudent thing to do given the rapidly deteriorating security situation in and around Kabul.
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