US, UK tell nationals to leave Afghanistan ‘immediately’

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The US embassy in Kabul told citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately [Getty]

The US Embassy and Britain’s Foreign Office have told their citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately using commercial flights as the security situation deteriorates.

The US embassy in Kabul told citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately [Getty]

The United States and Britain have urged their citizens to leave Afghanistan, as the Taliban captured the northern city of Kunduz in a major new blow for the Afghan government.

The US Embassy in Afghanistan on Saturday told its citizens to “not plan to rely on US government flights” but evacuate the country “immediately using available commercial flight options.”

“Given the security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist US citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited even within Kabul,” it said in a statement, adding that US nationals who cannot afford a commercial flight will receive a repatriation loan.

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