Washington 0
15 August 2021

With the Taliban sweeping across key Afghan cities, President Biden ordered “the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel”; the next day the State Department and Pentagon indicated that “over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops”.

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