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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban push toward Afghan capital with stunning speed

Biden briefed on civilian evacuation as UK and UN warn of risk for civil war

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK/NEW DELHI -- The Taliban have captured more cities in Afghanistan, including Kandahar -- the country's second-largest city and the Islamist militant group's birthplace -- forcing the Biden administration to confront the grim possibility that the capital Kabul could fall in the coming weeks.

Ahead of the full withdrawal of U.S. troops on Aug. 31, Denmark and Norway on Friday announced the closure of their embassies and evacuation of their staff, while Germany said it would reduce its personnel to the bare minimum and increase security. The U.S., U.K. and Canada will deploy troops to evacuate their respective embassy staff.

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