Kabul Not Facing «Imminent Threat» From Taliban: Pentagon.

Kabul Not Facing 'Imminent Threat' From Taliban: Pentagon

"Kabul is not right now in an imminent threat environment," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said (File)

Washington:

Kabul does not face an "imminent threat" from the Taliban but the insurgents are seeking to isolate the capital amid rapid gains elsewhere in Afghanistan, the US Defense Department said Friday.

"Kabul is not right now in an imminent threat environment," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

"But clearly," he said, "if you just look at what the Taliban has been doing you can see that they are trying to isolate Kabul."

"It is not unlike the way they have operated in other places of the country, isolating provincial capitals and sometimes being able to force a surrender without necessarily much bloodshed," Kirby said.

The Taliban on Thursday overran Afghanistan's second and third largest cities, Kandahar and Herat, days after the United States completed most of its withdrawal from a 20-year military involvement.

President Joe Biden has stood firm on his decision to end the US war but authorized the deployment of 3,000 troops to evacuate embassy staff and Afghan allies from Kabul.

The Pentagon acknowledged its concerns about the situation on the ground but made clear that the United States believed that the Afghan military was now responsible.

"We have noted with great concern the speed with which they have been moving and the lack of resistance that they have faced, and we have been nothing but honest about that," Kirby said.

"We want to see the will and the political leadership -- the military leadership -- that's required in the field," he said.

"Whether it pans out or not, that's really for the Afghans to decide," he added. "No outcome has to be inevitable."

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
CBSN Originals - Ghost Light: The Year Broadway Went Dark.

CBSN Originals - Ghost Light: The Year Broadway Went Dark.

"From the ushers and stagehands to conductors, writers and actors, the Broadway community spent more than a year without knowing when they’d be back to work. In the absence of a paycheck during the COVID-19 pandemic, many were forced to leave thei...

Joe Biden ‘FORGETS’ Australian PM’s name & calls him the ‘Fellow Down Under’ in latest gaffe.

Joe Biden ‘FORGETS’ Australian PM’s name & calls him the ‘Fellow Down Under’ in latest gaffe.

PRESIDENT Joe Biden appeared to forget the Australian Prime Minister's name and resorted to calling him the "Fellow Down Under." The latest gaffe came during the nuclear submarine announcement, with Britain and the US agreeing to help the Australi...

Companies Manufacture In Space As Part Of Growing Industry.

Companies Manufacture In Space As Part Of Growing Industry.

Companies head to outer space to produce goods like fiber and pharmaceuticals in a new growing industry known as space manufacturing. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful news...

Joe Concha says Gen. Milley undermined American voters

Joe Concha says Gen. Milley undermined American voters

Fox News contributor Joe Concha blasts General Milley for secret call with China; says it's 'bye-bye Biden' in new op-ed #FoxNews #FoxFriendsFirst Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC...

Aviation startup Lilium's IPO surrounded by doubts - DW News.

Aviation startup Lilium's IPO surrounded by doubts - DW News.

German air taxi developer Lilium has propelled itself to great heights with big ideas. The company is about to list on the US technology exchange NASDAQ, having promised the world its first electric, vertical take-off passenger plane. But not ever...

1 6

Boris vows nuclear submarine pact will create HUNDREDS of UK jobs as France rages over deal.

Boris vows nuclear submarine pact will create HUNDREDS of UK jobs as France rages over deal.

Boris Johnson on Thursday hailed the nuclear submarine pact with Australia and the US saying it will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs in the UK. Addressing MPs in the Commons, the PM denied that the alliance was an 'adversarial' move towards...