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.READ MORE: UPDATE: Streets Flood in San Rafael, Mill Valley as Wild Storm Lashes Bay Area
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.READ MORE: Flooding In Santa Rosa Forces Evacuations in Bennett Valley Neighborhood
“This is not an abandonment,” Price said. “This is not an evacuation. This is not a wholesale withdrawal.”MORE NEWS: Atmospheric River: More Than 147,000 Affected by Widespread Bay Area Outages