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Biden Departs For Vacation As Multiple Crises Escalate

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President Biden is heading to Camp David Friday afternoon from his residence is Wilmington, Delaware, continuing a trip outside the nation’s capitol amid spiraling crises, including a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan that’s been compared to the fall of Saigon.

American troops are en route to the country Friday in an attempt to help Americans there escape, even as the State Department downplays the situation, particularly regarding the U. S. Embassy in Kabul.

“We are reducing our civilian footprint to a core diplomatic presence. And what that means is that we are going to continue to have a diplomatic presence on the ground in Afghanistan. Our embassy remains open,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price said on “Andrew Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC Friday.

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But the situation appears to be far worse than the State Department is letting on, with provincial capitals falling to the Taliban one after another. When asked how soon Kabul could fall, a U. S. defense official told Fox News, “It could be tomorrow,” then added, “or it could be a month.”

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“This is all melting down in a short period of time,” one U. S. military officer said of the situation in Afghanistan.

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A former U. S. military official with years of combat time in Afghanistan was more blunt in his assessment.

“I would pull every American out of Afghanistan and then level the U. S. embassy,” the former official said.

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NPR reported Friday that U. S. Embassy staff in Kabul are getting ready to destroy important information and are packing up.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that the military is sending two Marine and one Army infantry battalion to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in an effort to provide security for embassy personnel and other Americans trying to evacuate the country. That is about 3,000 troops.

The alert brigade from Fort Bragg – 4,000 strong – is leaving North Carolina to deploy to Kuwait in the coming days to be used as a reserve force if needed in Afghanistan should conditions deteriorate

The first of three battalions was on its way to Afghanistan as of Friday.

According to the White House pool, Biden was briefed on the Afghanistan situation Friday.

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But Afghanistan isn’t the only crisis the U. S. faces during the president’s summer break. It was also revealed Thursday that more than 212,000 people were encountered crossing the border in July. That number is a 13% increase over June a… (Read more)

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