Last month, two dozen diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned about the possibility of a Taliban takeover and urged the State Department to begin an airlift operation in a dissent cable sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The July 13 cable called on Washington to be firm and direct in describing atrocities by the Taliban, the source said. NBC News has not seen the actual cable itself.
A dissent channel cable is a confidential and formal way for State Department diplomats to voice disagreement or concern about U.S. policies without fear of retribution.
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