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Turkey ‘still in lead’ as US surges troops back to Kabul airport for evacuation

The Pentagon is readying as many as 8,000 troops to facilitate the withdrawal of American and Afghan personnel.
US Marines in Helmand province

The Pentagon is deploying an additional 3,000 troops into Afghanistan to assist the evacuation of American and Afghan personnel amid sweeping Taliban advances across the country.

Three infantry battalions — two from the Marine Corps and one from the Army — will deploy to Kabul airport “to provide safety and secure movement” for evacuating State Department personnel and Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Thursday.

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