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US to send 1,000 more troops to Kabul airport to secure evacuation

WASHINGTON — The US military is sending another battalion of about 1,000 troops to help safeguard the Kabul airport, as American forces killed two armed individuals there during a chaotic evacuation.

That is according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who is briefing reporters today.

The development is a sign of the ongoing turmoil and violence, as thousands of Afghans rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, following a swifter-than-expected Taliban takeover of the country.

The speed at which the Taliban seized power, two weeks before the US is set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war, has stunned the Biden administration and many in Afghanistan and the international community.

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