1,000 more Fort Bragg troops headed straight to Afghanistan; troop total nears 6,000

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WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN) – The United States is sending another 1,000 troops from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan Sunday, raising the U.S. deployment to roughly 6,000.

A defense official tells The Associated Press on Sunday that 1,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne are going directly to Kabul instead of going to Kuwait as a standby force. The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a deployment decision not yet announced by the Pentagon.

CBS News reported the extra 1,000 Fort Bragg troops headed to Kabul will be leaving Sunday night. That would bring the total number of U.S. troops on the ground to about 3,000, CBS News reported.

On Saturday, President Joe Biden authorized the U.S. troop deployment to rise to roughly 5,000 by adding about 1,000. Since then, the Taliban have entered the capital of Kabul and Afghanistan’s president has fled the country.

CBS News reported that nearly all of the 6,000 troops are from Fort Bragg.

Helicopters have been evacuating personnel from the U.S. Embassy, and several other Western missions also are preparing to pull their people out.

Meanwhile, the Al-Jazeera news network is airing footage of a large group of Taliban fighters inside the presidential palace in the capital of Afghanistan.

The Taliban are expected to announce their takeover from the palace, renaming the country as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The militants have taken over most of Afghanistan in a matter of days as the U.S. scrambles to withdraw after 20 years of war.

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