U.S. deploying 3,000 troops to help evacuate Afghan embassy staff as Taliban advances

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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will deploy 3,000 troops to Afghanistan in order to facilitate the drawdown of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as the Taliban rapidly advances toward the Afghan capital.The troops, which will consist of three infantry battalions in total from the Marines and Army, will deploy to Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport within 24 to 48 hours, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing Thursday."This is a very narrowly focused mission of safeguarding the orderly reduction of civilian personnel out of Afghanistan," Kirby said, adding the Pentagon expects to increase its airlift capability in the region.A Taliban fighter stands guard at the entrance of the police headquarters in Ghazni on August 12, 2021, as Taliban move closer to Afghan capital after taking Ghazni city.AFP | Getty ImagesAdditionally, a U.S. infantry brigade will be positioned in Kuwait in the event it is needed in Afghanistan to help secure the air
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