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'Good Morning Vietnam': US Embassy in Kabul Preparing to 'Destroy Sensitive Papers,' Journo Warns

© AP Photo / Rahmat GulA general view shows Kabul city during a rainy day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015.
A general view shows Kabul city during a rainy day in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.08.2021
Some social media users have compared the apparent state of affairs in the Afghan capital to the Fall of Saigon.
As Taliban* forces continue their inexorable advance across Afghanistan it appears that US embassy staff in Kabul are preparing for the worst, with the insurgents amassing just 50 km from the capital
Posting on Twitter, NPR National Desk reporter Tom Bowman wrote that the situation at the embassy is "more dire than the State Department is saying."
"Mail has stopped. Nearly all employees are packing up and a very small number will head to another location," he added. "Staff are gearing up to destroy sensitive papers, computers, phones."
​Social media users responding to Bowman’s tweet compared the situation to the “last days of the Vietnam war” and the Fall of Saigon.
With the United States and its allies pulling their militaries out of the country, the Taliban has launched a massive nationwide offensive, capturing key provinces and population centres.
So far, the insurgent group has managed to take over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals, including Kandahar and Herat (the second- and third-largest cities in the country respectively).
NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and Lithuanian Prime Minister Simonyte give press conference in Brussels - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.08.2021
Stoltenberg: Taliban Will Not Get International Recognition if It Takes Over Afghanistan by Force
The government forces are struggling to halt or even blunt the rapid march of the militants.
On Thursday, the US Department of State urged all Americans to "leave Afghanistan immediately."
The Pentagon has already announced that some 3,000 US servicemen are going to be temporarily deployed to Afghanistan to provide security assistance for US diplomats and nationals evacuating the country.
*Taliban is a terrorist organisation outlawed in Russia
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