US orders embassy staff to leave Kabul due to threats

KABUL: The US State Department ordered some of its remaining staff to leave its embassy in Kabul as the US prepares to pull its troops out of the country.

Ross Wilson, the acting US ambassador to Afghanistan, said on Twitter that the decision was made “in light of increasing violence and threat reports in Kabul.”

Wilson added there would be no reduction in services offered. He said the employee reduction “ensures that American diplomacy and support for Afghanistan will be sustainable, robust and effective.”

Earlier, US President Joe Biden had announced that the remaining US troops, currently about 2,500, would leave the country by September 11. That is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

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