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Despite President Biden’s statement on July 8 that intervention from the Taliban would not reach Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul in an attempted siege, tensions have escalated and the terrorist armed forces are beginning to close in on Kabul, as of reports released Friday night.
Reporting from Politico indicates that in the last 24 hours, the Taliban forces overtook Mazar-e-Sharif, “the country’s fourth largest city,” after ramped up efforts en route to the capital.
The siege of Mazar-e-Sharif became a major development in the Taliban’s timeline. Claiming the city “hands the insurgents control over all of northern Afghanistan, confining the Western-backed government to the center and east.”
According to Fox News’ live updates, “Afghanistan’s embattled President Ashraf Ghani [on Saturday] said he has started consultations on how to unite the country after the Taliban have seized large parts of the country ahead of the U.S. withdrawal.”
The United States issued an order to urgently evacuate U.S. staff from the Embassy, located in Kabul, following news of the incoming Taliban groups. The Pentagon has sent military aid to assist with the staff’s evacuation.
Saturday’s footage from Karzai International Airport in Kabul showed panicked crowds trying to board flights out of the capital city.
Further updates detail that U.S. leadership “told the Taliban that if it avoids a direct confrontation with the US troops arriving in Kabul and waits for the completion of the evacuation, that increases the likelihood that both the intl. community/Afghans will accept Taliban’s entry into Kabul.”
On Friday, Clay Travis spoke on OutKick The Show regarding the ongoing tensions in Afghanistan — a flare up of international affairs following weak direction from President Biden.
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