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US Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan says he’s still in Kabul and recommends stranded Americans continue to shelter in place

Summary List PlacementRoss Wilson, the chargé d'affaires to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, said in a tweet on Tuesday that he and the Kabul embassy staff are still in Afghanistan helping US citizens and vulnerable Afghans stranded in the city. Contrary to false reports, @USEmbassyKabul staff & I remain in #Kabul working hard to help 1000s of U.S. citizens and vulnerable Afghans & continuing engagement here. Our commitment to the Afghan people endures. — Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson (@USAmbKabul) August 17, 2021 In an update on Monday, the US Embassy in Afghanistan recommended that citizens continue sheltering...

Smoke rises next to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, August 15, 202. Wisps of smoke could be seen near the embassy's roof as diplomats urgently destroyed sensitive documents, according to two American military officials.

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Ross Wilson, the chargé d’affaires to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, said in a tweet on Tuesday that he and the Kabul embassy staff are still in Afghanistan helping US citizens and vulnerable Afghans stranded in the city.

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In an update on Monday, the US Embassy in Afghanistan recommended that citizens continue sheltering in place. In a tweet, the embassy said US citizens shouldn’t go to the airport unless staff from the embassy had been in touch with them.

The bulk of embassy staff was evacuated to the airport on Sunday as the Taliban moved in to capture the capital.  

Chaotic scenes unfolded at Kabul’s airport on Sunday as thousands attempted to leave. Shots were fired into the air to scatter the crowd, and Al Jazeera reported at least seven people had died. It’s unclear if they were killed by a stampede or gunshots.

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