U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Orders Nonessential Staff to Leave Country

Lincoln Wylie

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan stated Tuesday that it has purchased all nonessential team to depart the country, as concerns mount about an escalation in violence right after the Taliban’s May one deadline for all troops to withdraw expires next week.

Under the terms of the U.S. deal signed with the Taliban previous yr, all U.S. troops and contractors had been to depart by May one in return for protection guarantees by the group. President Biden stated this thirty day period that the U.S. would absolutely withdraw by Sept. 11.

The Taliban have threatened to escalate attacks if the U.S. misses the May one deadline. It wasn’t right away very clear how several U.S. team would depart Afghanistan in the coming times, or how several would remain guiding.

“Even as we’re withdrawing our forces, we are not disengaging from Afghanistan,” Secretary of Condition

Antony Blinken

stated Tuesday on CNN. “We’re remaining deeply engaged in the diplomacy, in aid for the Afghan government and its people today, enhancement, economic guidance, humanitarian guidance, aid for the protection forces.”

U.S. officials have stated they are urging the Taliban to chorus from attacking U.S. or Afghan forces as the U.S. and its allies withdraw. If the Taliban makes it possible for the U.S. to depart peacefully, all U.S. armed forces forces are predicted to be out by early summer time, in accordance to U.S. officials.

President Biden stated he will withdraw all U.S. troops from the country by Sept. 11, marking the next time in considerably less than two several years that an American president has established a day to close involvement in the Afghan conflict — the longest war in U.S. history. Image: Andrew Harnik/Getty Photos (Online video from four/14/21)

The best U.S. envoy to the Afghanistan peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, explained to senators on Tuesday that he did not be expecting Afghanistan to collapse right away right after foreign troops depart the country.

“I imagine the preference that the Afghans experience is involving a negotiated political settlement or a extended war,” he explained to senators.

Mr. Khalilzad stated the threat posed to the U.S. by terrorist groups experienced improved and dispersed entire world-huge and no for a longer period justified the highly-priced presence in Afghanistan. He stated the U.S. would retain abilities in the region that would make it possible for its forces to acquire action in Afghanistan if vital.

“If a terrorist threat does emerge, we will be prepared,” he stated.

Zalmay Khalilzad, distinctive envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, spoke with Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) before the begin of a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.


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Mr. Khalilzad stated the Taliban experienced moved towards applying their guarantee to make certain Afghanistan was no for a longer period utilized as a haven for terrorists but that he wasn’t contented with the progress. He extra that the U.S. was continue to looking for the release of an American hostage held by the group.

He stated the U.S. would approach more visas for Afghans that labored with troops and the Embassy, but declined to supply facts.

Senators consistently questioned Mr. Khalilzad about the prospect of the Taliban’s attainable return to power, and the hazard of human-legal rights violations and a reduction of independence for females.

The envoy stated the U.S. could use diplomatic engagement to protect really hard-received gains. These integrated conditioning enhancement guidance, regular diplomatic relations and other instruments on the regard of legal rights for females and civilians.

Mr. Khalilzad was owing to travel to Doha for talks with the group afterwards this week, a human being common with his travels stated, to push for the U.S.’s concerns.

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Appeared in the April 28, 2021, print version as ‘U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Orders Some Staff to Depart.’

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