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Greater than 100 passengers depart Kabul in first flight since US pullout

“They’ve proven flexibility, they usually have been businesslike {and professional} in our dealings with them on this effort,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson Emily Horne added, stressing that efforts to facilitate such evacuations of People and Afghans who labored with the US mission would proceed.

White Home press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say at a press convention what number of People have been on the flight, saying the airplane had solely simply landed and the US didn’t but have all the main points.

Earlier within the day Psaki mentioned there have been round 100 People nonetheless in Afghanistan and wishing to depart.

The US “facilitated” on Thursday’s departure of People and it thanked Qatar for its function, Horne mentioned.

Canada’s International Ministry mentioned 43 residents of that nation have been on the airplane and that they are going to be repatriated within the subsequent few days.

Dutch International Minister Sigrid Kaag tweeted to thank the Qatari authorities “for making this doable” and mentioned 13 Dutch nationals have been on board the flight.


Many of the early Afghan evacuees have been determined to flee fearing Taliban reprisals for having labored with overseas powers in the course of the 20-year, US-led occupation.

The Taliban have mentioned they won’t forestall anybody who needs to from leaving the nation, whilst they’ve urged expert Afghans, equivalent to docs and engineers, to stay.

The hardliners have pledged a extra average model of rule than of their notoriously oppressive 1996-2001 reign.

Nonetheless, they’ve proven clear indicators that they won’t tolerate opposition.

Earlier this week armed Taliban militants dispersed a whole bunch of protesters in cities throughout Afghanistan, together with Kabul, Faizabad within the northeast and in Herat within the west, the place two individuals have been shot lifeless.

Late Wednesday, they moved to snuff out any additional civil unrest, saying protests would wish prior authorisation from the justice ministry, including that no demonstrations have been allowed “in the interim”.

One protest organiser advised AFP rallies in Kabul had been cancelled due to the in a single day ban.


A Taliban interim authorities, drawn completely from loyalist ranks, formally started work this week with established hardliners in all key posts and no girls – regardless of earlier guarantees of an inclusive administration for all Afghans.

All the highest positions have been handed to key leaders from the motion and specifically the Haqqani community – essentially the most violent Taliban faction, recognized for devastating assaults.

The dreaded Ministry for the Promotion of Advantage and Prevention of Vice – beforehand accountable for arresting and punishing individuals for failing to comply with the motion’s restrictive interpretation of sharia – is being reinstated.


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