Afghanistan latest news as Taliban advances: Live updates πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

A US military helicopter is pictured flying above the US embassy in Kabul on Sunday. Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

A US official tells CNN that evacuations are well underway in Afghanistan, with a goal to get US Embassy personnel out by Tuesday morning, if not sooner.

The Taliban is making rapid advances and is edging closer to the borders of the capital, Kabul.

The embassy expects to be running evacuations 24/7 “very soon.” Earlier, sources told CNN that helicopters were continuing to shuttle personnel from the embassy to the airport.

The current plan is to try to evacuate the embassy personnel, followed by American citizens, then special immigrant visa (SIV) holders. They are also looking into expediting people who are in the process of getting their SIV and looking to get Afghan nationals who work at the US Embassy out.

There will be a handful of embassy staff who will remain, a skeleton crew.

Afghanistan latest news as Taliban advances: Live updates

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