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US diplomats evacuated from Afghanistan as Taliban begin entering capital Kabul

A general view of green zone in Kabul, Afghanistan March 13, 2019 (PHOTO /Reuters)

KABUL —The Taliban have started entering Kabul from all sides, according to the Afghan interior ministry, as US diplomats are evacuated by helicopter.

There are clashes ongoing between the Afghan army and the Taliban in southern and northern Kabul, according to Al Arabiya sources.

Clashes have taken place outside the city proper and have not spilled into the center, sources add.

A Taliban spokesperson says that fighters have been directed to remain at the gates and not storm the city.

They added that the group does not intend to take revenge on anyone, and it claims that all those who have served the government and military will be forgiven.

The Afghan presidency has asserted that the situation in Kabul is still under control.

Citizens have been seen lining up to withdraw their savings from banks before their doors were closed due to lack of liquidity.

Several EU staff members have been moved to an undisclosed safer location in Kabul, according to a NATO official.

Fewer than 50 Embassy officials will stay in Kabul for now, and core members of the US team in Afghanistan are now working from Kabul airport, according to a US official.

The situation in Kabul comes soon after several major cities fell to the Taliban during the last week, many of them without a fight.

With agencies

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