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U.S. Bolsters Security At Kabul Embassy As Troops Leave Afghanistan And Taliban Close In

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CBS News

U.S. Bolsters Security At Kabul Embassy As Troops Leave Afghanistan And Taliban Close In

Kabul — U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by the end of next month after 20 years of war. President Biden laid out the strategy on Thursday to withdrawal the remaining American forces, defending the timeline even as the Taliban gain strength, and take more ground in the country.

CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports that right across Afghanistan, districts are falling to the Taliban like dominoes. As U.S. forces head for the exit and the militants inch closer to the capital, the U.S. Embassy has been taking a hard look at its own security situation.

Charge D'Affaires Ross Wilson, the top U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan, told D'Agata that the embassy had "added some additional quick reaction capabilities, in the event that something happens."

Asked if the embassy had emergency evacuation plans in place in the event of a "worst case scenario," Wilson said he didn't think any sudden flight from the well-fortified compound was "imminent," but he added that "planning for evacuations in any post like this is serious business."

There are only a few miles between the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the capital's international airport, which American troops are helping to keep secure. But on the streets of Kabul, if it ever comes to an emergency evacuation, the roads will be a no-go. If they suddenly need to extract hundreds, even thousands of staff, the only way will be up.

Full story https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-afghanistan-war-withdrawl-concern-kabul-embassy-safety-taliban