US Mulling Evacuating Kabul Embassy

U.S. authorities have revised the emergency evacuation plans for the U.S. embassy in Kabul as fears of rising violence in Afghanistan increase.

The State Department consistently revises emergency preparations for U.S. embassies across the world, but the revisions are more urgent and severe for the embassy in Kabul due to the shifting U.S. military posture and the rising Taliban attacks in the nation.

According to a senior defense official, the preparation had long taken into consideration concerns such as not being able to utilize the airbase and an unpredictable security situation at the Kabul airport.

Another U.S. official added there is no present need for an evacuation from the U.S. embassy in Kabul as of Saturday afternoon, but the preparations are comprehensive and broad enough that they can be rapidly implemented if necessary.

The Taliban said earlier this week in a statement that civilians and non-military foreign people, diplomats, embassies, and humanitarian workers will experience no issues or security threats.

In response to the Taliban statement, the State Department stated this week that it will continue to monitor the situation “to call for an end to ongoing violence, driven largely by the Taliban. A negotiated settlement between the Islamic Republic and the Taliban is the only way to end 40 years of war and bring Afghans the peace they seek.”

The United States has engaged in communication with the Taliban, but this has not resulted in any effective peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

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