Canada Reportedly Deploys Special Op Forces to Evacuate Embassy Staffers From Afghanistan

Middle East

Over the last few weeks, the Taliban have established control over several provincial capitals in Afghanistan. On Thursday, the Pentagon announced that it would return several thousand troops to the country to secure the departure of US embassy staffers from Kabul.

Canadian special forces will be deployed in Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of Canada’s embassy from Kabul, Global News reported Thursday, citing sources.

Earlier in the day, the US Department of Defense announced that it will be deploying some 3,000 troops back into Afghanistan to assist the departure of American diplomats and civilians. According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the troops would be deployed in the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul over the next few days.

The United Kingdom also announced on Thursday that it will send some 600 troops to Afghanistan to assist in the evacuation of its citizens. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that the deployment of additional troops “is in light of the increasing violence and rapidly deteriorating security environment in the country.”

The redeployment of troops in Afghanistan comes as the Taliban movement* asserted on Thursday that it had established control over Kandahar, the country’s second-largest city, atop several other provincial capitals that were seized earlier.

Canada’s Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan acknowledged earlier on Thursday that Kandahar would…

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