Biden admin pleads with Taliban as terrorists advance towards Kabul

‘Please spare our embassy’: Biden administration PLEADS with Taliban as terrorists capture 11 cities in advance on Kabul: Americans are urged to leave immediately

  • US negotiators are seeking assurances from the Taliban that they will leave the embassy alone if they take over the capital city, Kabul
  •  Diplomats are weighing how soon they could have to evacuate the US embassy, were some 4,000 are employed
  • The State Department last week warned US citizens to get out of the war-ravaged nation immediately
  • Taliban have now seized control of 11 provincial capitals, two-thirds of the nation
  • Taliban fighters are going door-to-door and forcing young women in captured areas into sex slavery and executing Afghan forces who surrender 

In a show of little confidence for Afghanistan’s future without US troops, American negotiators are reportedly seeking assurances from the Taliban that the militant group will not go after the US embassy if they overtake Kabul. 

The effort, led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American envoy in negotiations with the Taliban, seeks to avoid an evacuation of the embassy’s nearly 4,000 employees, including, 1,400 Americans, two US officials told the New York Times. 

The State Department last week warned US citizens to get out of the war-ravaged nation immediately. 

Khalilzad arrived in Qatar on Tuesday to warn Taliban officials that their government would not be recognized.  

Pleas to leave the embassy untouched seem to go against the president’s public assurances that he has still has faith Afghan forces can hold on to Kabul. 

Taliban fighters could isolate Afghanistan’s capital in 30 days and possibly take it over within 90, a U.S. defense official told Reuters citing intelligence reports as the resurgent militants made more advances across the country. 

Taliban militants are seen inside the Ghazni city, eastern Afghanistan, Aug. 12, 2021. Taliban militants Thursday overran Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province’s capital city Ghazni, 150 km from the national capital Kabul

Pleas to leave the embassy untouched seem to go against the president’s public assurances that he has still has faith Afghan forces can hold on to Kabul.

The Taliban has taken the city of Ghanzi, just 80 miles south of Kabul, and Herat in the west of the country. The fall of Ghanzi means Islamist fighters now control the main highways leading both north and south out of the capital Kabul. Herat is the country’s third largest city and was the 11th provincial capital to fall in a week

‘But it is not a foregone conclusion,’ the official said, adding that Afghan Security Forces could reverse course by surging their resistance.  

‘They’ve got to fight for themselves, fight for their nation. The United States will insist to continue the commitments … they’ve got to want to fight. I think there’s still a possibility,’ Biden said on Monday of the Afghan military.  

‘I do not regret my decision’ to withdraw, the president continued. 

The Biden administration is facing intensifying pressure as swelling Taliban advances draw more public condemnations of the decision to withdraw. 

‘Clearly, the Biden Administration is completely unaware of the threats we’re facing from Afghanistan’s collapse and has no intention of adjusting their failing policy,’ Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter on Thursday. 

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a notorious hawk who has long been opposed to leaving Afghanistan, called the State Department’s handling of withdrawal ‘an embarrassment.’ 

‘When you look just at how the State Department, for example, is handling this, I mean, it’s an embarrassment, and it has a huge impact on America’s standing around the world,” the lawmaker said Thursday on the Hugh Hewitt Show. 

U.S. warplanes have launched strikes in support of government troops in recent days but the Pentagon has yet to say whether they will continue to offer air support once Biden’s withdrawal deadline has passed. 

The Taliban, who ruled the country from 1996 until U.S. forces invaded after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, captured three more provincial capitals on Wednesday – giving them effective control of about two-thirds of the country.

By Thursday, they’d captured Afghanistan’s third largest city, Herat, giving them control of 11 of 34 provincial capitals 

The insurgents have no air force and are outnumbered by U.S.-trained Afghan defense forces, but they have captured territory with stunning speed. The Taliban wants to defeat the U.S-backed government and reimpose strict Islamic law.  

In just the latest warning of atrocities being perpetrated by jihadist fighters in areas they have seized, the US now claims that Taliban fighters are executing Afghan troops who surrender. 

 ‘We’re hearing additional reports of Taliban executions of surrendering Afghan troops,’ the US embassy in Kabul tweeted on Thursday. ‘Deeply disturbing & could constitute war crimes.’  

Taliban fighters are also going door-to-door and forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 and forcing them into sex slavery as they seize vast swathes of the Afghanistan from government forces. 

Jihadist commanders have ordered imams in areas they have captured to bring them lists of unmarried women aged from 12 to 45  for their soldiers to marry because they view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ – to be divided up among the victors.

Fighters have then been going door-to-door to claim their ‘prizes’, even looking through the wardrobes of families to establish the ages of girls before forcing them into a life of sexual servitude. 

A family including women and children rest at a makeshift camp in the Afghan capital of Kabul after fleeing fighting

Young boys rest in a refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, after fleeing fighting elsewhere in the country

Fighting has displaced hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians who have fled their homes, with thousands of those heading for the safety of government-held Kabul (pictured)

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki came under fire for her overly-diplomatic attitude toward the brutal militant group. 

‘The Taliban also has to make an assessment about what they want their role to be in the international community,’ she said in an effort to nudge them to the negotiating table. 

In an attempt to stop the bloodletting, Afghan diplomats in Qatar said they had approached the Taliban with a deal today that would see the group included in a national unity government in return for halting the fighting.

But such talks have been stalled for years over Taliban demands to turn the country into an Islamic emirate – and there is little reason to believe they will have softened that stance after their battlefield triumphs. 

Children forced to flee their homes due to fighting in Afghanistan drink tea as they sit in a refugee camp in Kabul

Families rest in a camp in Kabul after they fled their homes due to fear of the Taliban and sought shelter in government areas

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