WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS News) — The Pentagon is sending troops to Karzai International Airport in Kabul to help evacuate U.S. embassy as the Taliban continues its offensive in Afghanistan.

A U.S. official told CBS News the Pentagon is sending in about 3,000 troops to help with the drawdown some staff at the embassy.

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State Department spokesman Ned Price said Thursday that the embassy is not closing, and the U.S. will continue to operate consular services and special immigrant visa applications.

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“This is not an abandonment,” Price said. “This is not an evacuation. This is not a wholesale withdrawal.”

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