Irish troops are to pull out of Afghanistan after less than 48 hours, The Irish Independent has reported.
As the situation at Kabul Airport is increasingly uncertain and the threat of terrorist attacks is mounting, a decision is expected to be made shortly for the troops to leave.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney is having a meeting with the Irish Defence Forces leadership this morning to discuss the situation.
It is likely that they will decide to withdraw the troops within the next 24 hours.
Over 30 Irish citizens are currently in Afghanistan and trying to evacuate the country.
Coveney tweeted this morning: “Our Team of diplomats & Army Rangers in Kabul are safe, busy & doing fantastic work with partners. We remain in close contact with them to make decisions on exit. We are also in continuing contact with all Irish individuals & families in Afghanistan to support & advise.”