Pentagon Begins Drawing Down Forces

A smaller force will hold the airport in Kabul.

The United States has begun to reduce troops at the Kabul airport as the Taliban deadline for withdrawal approaches. They have been on a mission to evacuate Americans and at-risk Afghans since August 14.

The president said earlier this week that the U.S. is on track to leave Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the formal process for withdrawing troops had not been ordered but that hundreds of American troops with “enabling functions” had been ordered to depart.

Mr. Kirby said their departures would have “no impact on the mission at hand.” The United States had sent thousands of additional troops to Kabul earlier this month.

A Taliban spokesman said they are still allowing foreign nationals to leave Kabul, but are stopping Afghan nationals from reaching the airport.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For those in charge of the reduction of troops in the aftermath of explosions at the Kabul airport.
  • For military leaders as they advise the president on the current situation.
  • For the safety of all American and allied troops serving in the evacuation effort.

Sources: Washington Post, The Epoch News


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