Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, a spokesman for the terrorist organization saying they expected a “peaceful transfer” of the Afghan capital under their control.
Spokesman Suhail Shaheen made the remarks to British news channel Al-Jazeera in Qatar, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of neighboring Uzbekistan claimed on Sunday that 84 Afghan government soldiers had entered that country seeking help as the Taliban continued to advance ahead of the planned final withdrawal of US forces and of NATO.
As Taliban fighters approached Kabul, they pledged not to take the city “by force,” the PA reported.
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“No one’s life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be in danger,” a Taliban statement said.
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Photos from the Associated Press on Sunday showed US military helicopters landing at the US embassy in Kabul amid reports that diplomatic vehicles were also seen leaving the compound.
In Washington, House members were scheduled to meet at 9.45 a.m. for a virtual briefing on Afghanistan, chaired by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fox The news has been announced.
In just over a week, Taliban fighters took control of huge portions of the country, even though Afghan forces were receiving air support from the US military.
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In Britain, media reported that the UK was planning to airlift its Afghan ambassador out of the county by Monday evening, fearing the Taliban would take over the airport soon.
Last week, 600 British troops were deployed to Kabul to help evacuate around 3,000 British nationals and 2,000 Afghans who were working with British troops, the AP reported.
Chad Pergram of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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