US Embassy in Afghanistan warns Americans to leave soon

On Thursday, the US Embassy in Kabul urged American citizens to leave Afghanistan soon. And within a week, a second security warning was issued.

“The US Embassy is urging US citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately, using the available commercial flight options.” Alert Read. “Given security and headcount reductions, the embassy’s ability to support US citizens in Afghanistan is very limited, even within Kabul.”

The warning points out that domestic and land transportation outside Kabul is severely restricted and may be canceled or closed. The embassy asked citizens to enroll in the Safe Traveler Registration Program to receive security updates and contact the embassy in an emergency.

The warning also states that US citizens should not “plan to rely on US government flights.”

On August 7, the embassy issued a similar issue Alert.. The embassy also issued two warnings last month, but at the time the embassy only called on citizens to “pay attention” and “consider their departure.”

The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly in recent years. On Thursday, a group of Taliban militants occupied Ghazni, a strategic city less than 100 miles from Kabul. This is the tenth city the group has taken over in about a week, and the world is afraid that Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, will soon fall into the hands of the Taliban.

President Joe Biden was asked about his decision to rapidly withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in May.

“I don’t regret my decision,” Biden told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the United States had lost thousands of people in the last two decades.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the United States would maintain support for Afghanistan but would complete the withdrawal by the end of August.

“Our focus is now on assisting Afghan troops in the field when possible from the air and completing drawdowns in a safe and orderly manner,” Kirby said Wednesday. “We plan to do that by the end of the month.”

Kirby emphasized that this was the responsibility of Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.

“It will really come down to their leadership … they have advantages in operational structure, the Air Force, and the number of modern weapons,” he said. “It really is to have the leadership will to take advantage of them for their own benefit.”

Former President Donald Trump said Thursday that if he had been in office, “it would have been a much different and much more successful withdrawal.”

“I personally talked to the Taliban’s top leaders, but they understand that it was a” conditional withdrawal, “” the former president said in a statement.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

Li Hai

Li Hai is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.