US to boost Afghanistan presence to 6,000 troops as it’s ‘taking steps’ to secure Kabul airport amid mass evacuation

The US military will send another 1,000 servicemen to Afghanistan in a bid to take over the Kabul international airport overwhelmed by the hordes of Afghans, fleeing the imminent takeover of the country by the Taliban.

As the Kabul international airport has plunged into chaos, becoming the only way out of the country for the thousands of Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban’s takeover, the US has announced it would be taking over air traffic control at the airport to speed up evacuation of Americans as well as allied Afghans.

For that purpose, the US military said it would deploy another 1,000 troops in addition to 5,000 US President Joe Biden ordered into Afghanistan to ensure an “orderly and safe drawdown of US personnel” earlier.

“Over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops, with a mission focused solely on facilitating these efforts and will be taking over air traffic control,” the US Departments of State and Defence said in a joint statement on Sunday. 

Inbox: Joint statement released by the Department of State and Department of Defense on Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/2snXFUEYTL

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Source:RT World News

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