The Taliban said it has no plans to take the Afghan capital “by force”. The armed group issued the statement as their fighters entered the outskirts of Kabul.
“The Islamic Emirate instructs all its forces to stand at the gates of Kabul, not to try to enter the city,” a spokesman for the Taliban tweeted, although some residents reported fighters peacefully entered some outer suburbs.
In addition, Reuters reports that the United States has already begun evacuating its diplomats and has sent additional troops to secure the airport in Kabul.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has authorized the deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan to ensure "an orderly and safe" drawdown and evacuate US personnel.
"First, based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military, and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel, and an orderly and safe evacuation of Afghans who helped our troops during our mission and those at special risk from the Taliban advance," Biden noted.