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Helicopters begin evacuating US embassy in Kabul: Officials

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Helicopters land near US Embassy in Kabul as diplomatic vehicles leave compound amid Taliban advance on Afghan capital.

The US has started evacuating diplomats from its embassyl, two US officials told Reuters on Sunday.

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“We have a small batch of people leaving now as we speak, a majority of the staff are ready to leave...the embassy continues to function,” one of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.

It had been expected that the evacuation of most diplomats would begin on Sunday, as Taliban insurgents continued lightning advances that brought the group to the door of Kabul in a matter of days.

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