US Embassy officials destroy sensitive documents as Taliban inches closer to Kabul

As the scenario turns grim in Afghanistan with Taliban fighters inching in the direction of the capital Kabul, the US Embassy in Kabul has instructed its personnel to destroy sensitive supplies as a part of the “Emergency Destruction Services”, experiences mentioned.

The embassy officials have been instructed to destroy sensitive supplies as properly as gadgets such as embassy or company logos, American flags, or gadgets which might be “misused in propaganda efforts”, CNN quoted a administration discover despatched to embassy workers.

The discover mentioned there could be a wide range of means to destroy these supplies, together with burn bins, a disintegrator, an incinerator and a compacter and heavy-duty gear, CNN reported.

“Drawdowns at our diplomatic posts around the world follow a standard operating procedure designed to minimize our footprint across various categories, including staffing, equipment, and supplies. Embassy Kabul is conducting their drawdown in accordance with this standard operating procedure,” CNN quoted a State Department spokesperson as saying.

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According to the Associated Press, helicopters had been seen touchdown on the US Embassy in Kabul as diplomatic automobiles left the compound. The fast shuttle runs by helicopters got here Sunday as wisps of smoke rose from the embassy’s roof.

On Saturday, US President Joe Biden authorised the deployment of approximately 5,000 US troops to guarantee an orderly and protected evacuation of diplomats and different allied personnel, together with Afghans who helped throughout their mission.

Taliban’s territory grows in Afghanistan

On Sunday, the Taliban took the key eastern city of Jalalabad, leaving Afghanistan’s central authorities in charge of simply Kabul and 7 different provincial capitals in another country’s 34. A day in the past, the Taliban fighters captured the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

A boy sells Taliban flags in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, August 14, 2021. (AP Photo)

The Taliban has taken fast strides within the final week in controlling over half of the nation’s provincial capitals, forcing embassies to both recall their diplomats or relocate their bases.

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The Taliban’s aggression comes weeks earlier than the US troops leave Afghanistan, with diplomats indicating that Kabul might be remoted by the Taliban inside the week, or presumably inside the subsequent 72 hours, CNN quoted a US Embassy official as saying.

In an announcement late on Saturday, the Taliban mentioned its fast features confirmed it was popularly accepted by the Afghan folks and reassured each Afghans and foreigners that they’d be protected.

Afghan authorities remoted

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, who spoke to the nation Saturday for the first time because the Taliban offensive started, seems more and more remoted as properly. The president has run out of a navy possibility as the warlords he negotiated with simply days earlier have surrendered to the Taliban or fled, The Associated Press reported.

Ongoing negotiations in Qatar, the positioning of a Taliban workplace, even have failed to cease the insurgents’ advance regardless of the US’s menace of a “swift and strong” navy motion.

Passengers stroll to the departures terminal of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021. (AP Photo)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken may also maintain talks with Ashraf Ghani and different Afghan leaders to talk about the prevailing scenario in Afghanistan.

(With inputs from CNN, Associated Press)

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