The US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement that its ability to help Americans in Afghanistan is extremely limited due to security conditions and reduced personnel. As the Taliban continue to make rapid progress in Afghanistan, the United States on Saturday called on its citizens to leave the war-torn country immediately to protect their own safety.
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Islamist Fundamentalist groups surrounded many Afghan cities
Radical elements of the Islamic fundamentalist organization surrounded several Afghan cities and took control of a provincial capital.
On Friday, Taliban militants shot and killed the head of the Afghan government media information center near a mosque in Kabul. “The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to choose to leave Afghanistan immediately using available commercial flights,” the embassy said as the situation deteriorated.
The US government is willing to pay for people who cannot afford tickets
The United States Embassy further stated that it can grant repatriation loans to citizens who cannot afford to buy commercial flights to the United States.
Due to crime, terrorism, civil conflict, kidnapping, armed conflict, and the coronavirus disease (Covid19) pandemic, the US State Department maintains the Afghanistan travel advisory at level 4 , which is the highest level.
The US Embassy added: “Domestic flights and ground transportation routes out of Kabul are severely restricted and may be canceled or closed.”
The Biden administration is paying close attention to this problem
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a news conference Friday that the Biden administration is “closely following” and “observing” reports of atrocities and retaliatory killings of civilians in areas controlled by the Taliban.
However, Psaki stressed that the United States will complete its troop withdrawal.
“The President made it clear: After 20 years of war, it is time for the US military to go home. As he said at the time, the status quo is not an option. The Taliban are preparing to attack the US and NATO troops after May 1. This is where we left. Deadline,” he added.