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Canada will send special forces to evacuate embassy staff from Afghanistan


Mehboob Ali Shaikh
Mehboob Ali Shaikh is the Bureau Chief of World News Observer. Based in Canada, working with Toronto 360 TV. Mehboob has accomplished Years of experience in print and broadcast media. He is an active participant in Social media strategies, including Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

The Canadian authorities voted to send an unspecified number of special forces to Afghanistan before closing its embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Sources, who requested anonymity, said  that Canada wants to evacuate all its employees at the Kabul-based embassy.

The decision comes a day after the United States announced to sent 3,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help evacuate workers from the American embassy in Kabul.

And the US Department of Defense announced that it will deploy two infantry battalions in Kabul within two days to assist Hamid Karzai International Airport in the procedures for the partial evacuation of the embassy.

Currently, 650 American soldiers are securing Hamid Karzai Airport and will leave the country after handing over responsibility to Turkish forces. In the same context, Britain has also decided to send 600 soldiers to Afghanistan for the same purpose as the United States and Canada.

In turn, the British government announced that the United Kingdom will temporarily deploy about 600 soldiers in Afghanistan to help the British leave.

British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said he had authorized the deployment of additional military personnel to support the diplomatic presence in Kabul, help British nationals leave the country and promote the transportation of Afghans who had previously risked their lives while serving alongside British soldiers, according to the American “Hurra” channel.

The Taliban movement now controls large parts of the country, including the capitals of many states, while several Western countries have demanded of their nationals to leave Afghanistan immediately because of the security situation there.

Quoting an Afghan security official: the Taliban had taken control of Herat, the third largest city in the country to the west near the Iranian border.

Herat became the 11th city in the hands of the Taliban within a week, and the Taliban had recently taken control of the city of Ghazni, near the capital, Kabul.

It is noteworthy that the progress made by the Taliban comes in conjunction with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of military presence.

The Kabul government asked the Security Council to hold an emergency session amid reports that Kandahar had fallen to the Taliban.

The US embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, called on its citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately, according to a press release issued by it.

The Taliban took control of the city of Ghazni, just 150 km from Kabul, according to a prominent local representative, making it the tenth capital of an Afghan province to fall to the rebels within a week, while Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made a lightning visit to Mazar-i-Sharif to boost the morale of his forces .

The head of the provincial council, Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, said, “The Taliban took control of the city’s main areas, the governor’s office, the police headquarters and the prison.”

He explained that battles are still taking place in some areas of the city, and that the Taliban “controlled most of them.” The movement also announced its control .

Ghazni is the nearest provincial capital from Kabul that the rebels have occupied since they launched their offensive in May with the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month .

President Ghani paid a lightning visit to Mazar-e-Sharif in the north of the country on Wednesday, at a time when Taliban fighters controlled more than a quarter of the country’s state capitals in less than a week.

In Mazar-e-Sharif, the Afghan president held talks with local military leaders on the defense of the city, while Taliban fighters approached its outskirts .

The loss of Mazar-i-Sharif, if it occurs, would be a disastrous blow to the Kabul government, and would mean a complete collapse of its control over the north of the country, which is known to be a stronghold of anti-Taliban militants .

Meanwhile, a source in the Afghan government’s negotiators team said Thursday that the negotiators offered the Taliban a power-sharing agreement in exchange for stopping the violence sweeping the country.

The source added, “Yes, the government made an offer allowing the Taliban to share power in exchange for a cessation of violence in the country . ”

The Taliban launched an all-out attack on Afghan forces in early May, taking advantage of the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. The movement has controlled vast rural areas, especially in the north and west of Afghanistan, far from its traditional strongholds in the south .

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