Taliban Holds Some Evacuated From Reaching Kabul Airport

Taliban Holds Some Evacuated From Reaching Kabul Airport
Taliban Holds Some Evacuated From Reaching Kabul Airport

 

Armed Taliban militants desperately needed people to flee Afghanistan to reach Kabul airport on Wednesday, witnesses said, while President Joe Biden promised to keep U.S. troops in the country until all Americans have been evacuated.

Since the Taliban entered Kabul this weekend, scenes of chaos have emerged as thousands seek to leave, fearing a return to the strict interpretation of Islamic law that was in place during the previous Taliban rule that ended 20 years ago.

“Everyone wants to go out,” said a member of an Afghan family after arriving in Germany. “Every day is worse than the day before. We saved ourselves but we could not save our families Witnesses said Taliban members prevented people from entering the airport connection, including those with the necessary documents to travel “It’s a complete disaster. The Taliban shot into the air, pushed people, hit them with AK47s,” said one person who tried to breakthrough.

A Taliban official said commanders and soldiers fired into the air to disperse people outside Kabul airport, but told Reuters, “We have no intention of injuring anyone As the airlift of Western citizens and Afghans working for foreign governments tried to lift, Biden said U.S. forces would remain in place until the evacuation of Americans was completed, even if that meant the U.S. Aug. 31 Deadline for a complete withdrawal remains.

The president, who is facing criticism over the US departure, said the chaos was inevitable. Asked in an interview with ABC News whether the withdrawal of US troops could have been better handled, Biden said: “No. … The idea that somehow a way out without chaos can come, I do not know how that happens.

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US officials told the Taliban “that we expect them to allow all American citizens, all third countries, and all Afghans who want to leave to do so safely and without harassment,” US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in Washington.

But the 4,500 U.S. troops in Kabul cannot help bring people to the airport for evacuation because they focus on securing the airport, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said at a Washington news conference, acknowledging that evacuations have not reached targets.

General Mark Milley, president of the US Joint Staff Chiefs, said security at Kabul airport was stable and the Taliban did not interfere with US military operations.

The foreign ministers of the group of seven nations will discuss the evacuation task and try to coordinate the flight at a virtual meeting on Thursday, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

About 5,000 diplomats, security personnel, aid workers, and Afghans have been evacuated from Kabul in the past 24 hours and military flights will continue around the clock, a Western official.

Some 150 km (90 miles) east of Kabul in Jalalabad, at least three people were killed in anti-Taliban protests on Wednesday, witnesses said. The protests provided an early test of the Taliban’s promise of peaceful rule.

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After taking power, the Taliban said they would not retaliate against old enemies and would respect the rights of women here under Islamic law.

Two witnesses and a former police officer told Reuters that Taliban fighters opened fire as residents tried to install the Afghan national flag at a place in the city, killing three and wounding more than a dozen.

A new government to replace that of President Ashraf Ghani, who is in exile in the United Arab Emirates, could take the form of a cabinet, with Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada in total, said a senior member of the group.

Afghanistan is not a democracy. “It’s Sharia law and that’s it,  A “lack of clarity” about the Afghan government has prompted the International Monetary Fund to suspend the country’s access to resources including $ 440 million in monetary reserves. The US Treasury has pushed for the way to ensure that an allocation to Afghanistan planned for Monday does not fall into the hands of the Taliban.

Ghani, who has been sharply criticized by former ministers for leaving Afghanistan as the Taliban seized forces in Kabul on Sunday, said he was following the advice of government officials. He reportedly refused to take large sums of money with him.

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Ghani said “If I had stayed, I would have witnessed blood poisoning in Kabul

The Taliban have suggested that they enforce their laws less strictly than during their previous rule, and a senior official said Wednesday that group leaders are withdrawing less than in the past.

Hashimi said the role of women, including their rights to work and education and dress code, would ultimately be decided by a council of Islamic scholars, They decide whether they wear hijab, burka, or just (a) veil plus abaya or something, or not. That’s up to them,” he told Reuters.

Under the Taliban 1996-2001 rule, women were barred from working, girls were not allowed to go to school, and women were required to wear a full-length burqa to go out, Many Afghans were skeptical about the Taliban’s promises.

“My family has lived under the Taliban and may want to really change or have changed, but only time will tell and it will become clear very soon,” said Ferishta Karimi, who runs a tailoring business for women.