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The Taliban could begin an assault on Afghanistan’s capital within days, a US defence official has warned. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the hardline Islamist group is making a concerted effort to isolate Kabul. Resistance from government forces has been crumbling, with insurgents seizing Afghanistan’s second and third-largest cities in recent days. The Taliban now
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The UK is sending military personnel to help evacuate Britons from Afghanistan as the security situation in the country rapidly deteriorates. The move was authorised by the defence secretary on Thursday morning. The US has also announced that it is deploying some 3,000 additional troops to help the departure of its embassy staff. The American
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Civilians in Afghanistan face a “deadly and dangerous” situation amid concerns that the capital Kabul could fall to the Taliban within 90 days, a former foreign secretary has said. David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, warned the West not to take its eyes off Afghanistan as the Taliban‘s forces continue to make gains
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A volunteer firefighter has died in and thousands of people have been evacuated from an island near Athens as wildfires rage in Greece. Civil Protection chief Nikos Hardalias said firefighters faced “exceptionally dangerous, unprecedented conditions” as they battled 154 wildfires on Friday, with 64 still burning into the night. “Over the past few days we
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British nationals in Afghanistan are being told to leave immediately as the country moves into what the UN has described as a “deadlier and more destructive phase”. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on Friday evening issued an advisory against all travel to Afghanistan. It added: “If you are still in Afghanistan, you are advised
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Last month was the second hottest July in Europe on record and the third hottest ever globally, EU scientists confirmed today. The only hotter July in Europe was in 2010. Last month tied with July 2020 as the third hottest ever across the world, behind only 2019 and 2016, according to the European Union’s Copernicus
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