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Afghanistan turmoil

Blinken says US embassy staff in Kabul are moving to airport

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Maryland, U.S., Aug. 9.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that embassy staff in Kabul are leaving the facility and moving to the airport, as Taliban insurgents entered the Afghan capital and an official said President Ashraf Ghani had left for Tajikistan.

U.S. diplomats were being ferried by helicopters to the city's airport, where U.S. troops are being flown in to provide security amid an exodus of Americans and their local allies and other foreigners in the face of the militants' lightening advance.

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