More provincial capitals fall to Taliban
August 11, 2021 - The U.S. and Britain are to deploy 3,600 troops to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation of nationals, as Taliban fighters capture the provincial capitals of Kandahar, Lashkar Gah and Herat.
Six hundred British paratroopers will join three U.S. infantry battalions of Marines and Army to help British and U.S. nationals flee. The troops will deploy to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport within 24 to 48 hours.
Since President Joe Biden’s April decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Taliban militants have taken control of nearly two-thirds of the country.
The militants captured the strategic city of Ghazni on Thursday, bringing their front line within 150km (95 miles) of the capital Kabul.
At the White House on Tuesday (August 10), Biden told reporters that he does not regret withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan.
“Look, we spent over a trillion dollars over 20 years, we trained and equipped with modern equipment over 300,000 Afghan forces,” Biden said.
“Afghan leaders have to come together,” the president added. “They’ve got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation.”