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Here's today's foreign policy: The Pentagon announces one Troop deployment in Afghanistan to speed up the exit from Kabul, Venezuela& # 39; s government and opposition talks in Mexico and the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans early elections.

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Here's today's foreign policy: The Pentagon announces one Troop deployment in Afghanistan to speed up the exit from Kabul, Venezuela& # 39; s government and opposition talks in Mexico and the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans early elections.

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US, UK and Canada send troops to speed up the exit from Kabul

Western powers appear to be preparing for the fall of Kabul after the United States, Britain and Canada announced new deployments of troops on Thursday to evacuate citizens and other residents of the Afghan capital.

The United States will dispatch 3,000 troops to secure Kabul International Airport and evacuate US embassy personnel alongside Afghans with special visa status, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. Separately, the UK announced plans to send 600 soldiers to retrieve its personnel, while Canada will send special forces to help close its embassy in Kabul.

When asked why so many troops were deployed, Kirby called the move "careful preparation" and added, "We want to make sure we have enough available to prepare for any eventuality."

The announcement of the operation came on the same day the Taliban captured the city of Ghazni, leaving the group 100 miles from Kabul. Herat, Afghanistan's third largest city, fell into the hands of the Taliban on Thursday, along with the second largest city, Kandahar – the birthplace of the Taliban – early Friday, according to CNN reports.

Worrying the embassy. In the midst of the withdrawals, Washington seeks assurances from the Taliban. The New York Times reports that Zalmay Khalilzad, the US envoy for Afghan peace talks, has asked the Taliban to spare the US embassy in any attack or to risk losing international aid to a future Afghan government. With the Taliban making diplomatic advances in both Russia and China, future U.S. support for the group may be less of a concern.

US "support". US officials are still publicly supporting the Afghan government to hold out. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and told him that, according to a reading, the United States remains committed to "maintaining a strong diplomatic and security relationship" with the Afghan government. The State Department denied speculation that the two officials actually advised Ghani to step aside.

As the western powers set out, it's hard to overestimate the tragedy of a situation where thousands have been killed, millions have become refugees, and trillions of dollars of resources have been burned just for Afghanistan to end up where it was before May 20th Years began.

What we are following today

Canada's early election. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to call early elections on September 20, according to Reuters, as he seeks a mandate to push plans to spend $ 80 billion in business development over three years. According to polls, Trudeau's Liberal Party is currently well ahead of its main rival, the Conservative Party, which puts him in a strong position to recapture the majority he lost in the 2019 election.

In a speech on Monday, Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said any early election amid the country's COVID-19 surge was ruthless and would only be considered in Trudeau's "best interests". The leader of the new Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, has described the move as "selfish" and an attempt to "seize power". Trudeau is expected to make an official announcement on Sunday.

Venezuela speaks. Representatives of the Venezuelan government and its opposition will meet in Mexico today for the first time since 2019 for face-to-face talks. Although expectations are low, both sides can benefit from fruitful discussions: The government of President Nicolás Maduro can make a better case for lifting the sanctions if it can show that it is serious about its opposition while the opposition is on the Urge the release of political prisoners and obtain pledges that their candidates can run in the upcoming regional elections.

Forest fires in Algeria. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Thursday that "the majority of fires were criminal in origin" and announced on Thursday the arrest of 22 suspected arsonists in connection with fires in the country. At least 69 people were killed in the flames, including 28 members of the Algerian armed forces. While the fires burn for a fifth day, international aid arrives. France has sent two fire-fighting planes, Spain and Switzerland have also promised planes.

The fires were exacerbated by the record heat across the region. On Wednesday, the Italian island of Sicily recorded a temperature of 119.8 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 degrees Celsius) which, if confirmed, would be a new European record.

Iran's new cabinet. The Iranian parliament is expected to vote on Saturday whether the nominations of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi for the cabinet will be approved or rejected. His elections include Hossein Amirabdollahian, a Conservative career diplomat, for Foreign Minister, Javad Owji, a former head of the Iranian state gas company for Oil Minister, and General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, a former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, as Defense Minister.

Haiti's choice. A presidential election to elect the successor to the assassinated President Jovenel Moïse will now take place on November 7, authorities said Thursday, postponing previous plans to hold a vote on September 26, a six-week delay. Police, meanwhile, have come no closer to masterminding Moïse's murder, despite arresting more than 40 suspects, around half of whom are Colombian mercenaries. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Florida-based doctor whom the Haitian authorities originally accused of organizing the conspiracy, has protested his innocence.

Olympic officials will present a new gold medal to Japanese softball player Miu Goto after being bitten by an over-enthusiastic mayor during a courtesy visit. Takashi Kawamura, the mayor of Nagoya, has since apologized for his behavior and has offered to pay for the replacement himself. "I'm really sorry that I hurt the gold medalist's treasure," said Kawamura on Thursday. While the International Olympic Committee has offered to cover the cost of a new medal, the old one likely survived the bite unscathed as Tokyo 2020 gold medals are actually 99 percent silver.

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