Australia to close embassy in Afghanistan over security fears

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    #Australia on Tuesday abruptly announced it will shutter its embassy in #Afghanistan this week, expressing fears over the “increasingly uncertain security environment” in Kabul as foreign troops withdraw. The #Taliban, who have ramped up violence across the country in recent weeks, reacted by saying they would provide a “safe environment” to diplomats and humanitarian organisations.

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