Evacuation flights from Kabul International Airport prepare to withdraw the rest of the troops from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan after a terrorist attack in response to a terrorist attack that killed 13 U.S. military personnel and 170 civilians. It started to end on Saturday.
The evacuation of British citizens ended on Saturday and the country began taking the rest of the troops home, General Nick Carter, chief of defense staff, told the BBC’s Radio 4.
With many Afghans afraid of living under Taliban control and suffering from cash shortages and rising food prices, the withdrawal of the army marks the end of a 20-year turbulent war full of sadness and despair. Shown.
“We couldn’t take everyone out, and it was painful,” General Carter told the BBC. “There were some very difficult decisions that had to be made in the field.”
French officials said on Friday that France had also finished its evacuation.
Three days until the deadline for President Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan on August 31st. Still, the mission was already delayed as the military moved from airlifting Afghan civilians to taking US troops and military personnel home.
Approximately 6,800 people were evacuated from the airport on Friday, bringing the total to 111,900 since the US evacuation campaign began on August 14. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Said on saturday.. This represents a significant decline from the beginning of Thursday, when White House officials said 13,400 people had evacuated from Kabul Airport in the last 24 hours.
It is believed that hundreds of thousands of Afghans are still trying to flee the country, but Biden and other world leaders have admitted that many will not leave by the deadline.
Outside the airport in Kabul on Saturday morning, roads remained closed and tense to push in the aftermath of Thursday’s suicide bombing when U.S. forces were screening people outside the airport. Most of the large crowds have disappeared. At the monastery gate near the site of the bombing, only two families and two young men were still waiting.
The airport’s South Gate remained open, and military personnel screened for suicide vests and other explosives, increasing the backlog of buses carrying about 500 to 1,000 people. Few people passed through the airport gate.
Among those still wanting to leave are two brothers who have traveled 26 hours from the western city of Herat in Afghanistan and managed to pass guards outside the airport boundaries to reach the monastery gates. bottom. One of them said he was selected in the US visa lottery.
The brothers knew of a deadly explosion at the gate two nights ago, “but what can we do,” one of them said on Saturday. “This is our only way.”
The airport attack on Thursday was one of the deadliest in almost 20 years since the US-led invasion. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Friday that “there is a high probability of another terrorist attack in Kabul,” US officials believe. “The threat continues and is active. Our army is still at risk.”
On Friday night, the US military announced its first strike in response to the airport bombing. On Saturday, Pentagon officials used drones to kill two “attention” targets in Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate (also known as ISIS-K or Islamic State Korasan). I gave the details of the operation. He claimed responsibility for the attack. Military officials said another target was injured.
Defense Ministry spokesman John F. Kirby called the two killed “ISIS-K planners and facilitators.”
An assistant to Taliban spokesman Zabifra Mujahid said on Saturday of the airstrike in Nangarhar, eastern Kabul: After the investigation, we will respond to it. “
The suicide bombing and the response from the US military took place during the free fall of Afghanistan’s economy, which had been supported for years by the influx of international aid.
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Teachers and other civil servants struggle to support their families, and people just get together outside banks and ATMs in the hope of withdrawing money, cashlessly desperately going home.
On Saturday, hundreds of Afghans marched further through central Kabul to protest outside one bank branch in Kabul and demand the reopening of a closed bank after the Taliban hijacking.
“Islamic government, give us our rights!” They chanted. Azizi Bank, one of the country’s largest banks, has stated to its customers that it is waiting for its central bank in Afghanistan to reopen before it reopens.
A central bank representative said it would resume on Sunday, but said it might not start distributing money until a new government was established to prevent a run on the bank.
The Taliban have shown that Hajj Mohammad Idris, a member of the movement, will act as deputy head of the central bank. According to news reports, Mr. Idris has not received formal financial training.
Despite ending its presence in Afghanistan, the United States still manages billions of dollars belonging to the Central Bank of Afghanistan, and Washington’s credible funding is out of the reach of the Taliban.
Concerns are also rising about the plight of farmers and nomads who form the backbone of Afghanistan’s rural economy. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned on Saturday that the country would continue to be hit hard by the worsening drought that threatens the lives of more than 7 million people who depend on agriculture and livestock.
“In today’s humanitarian crisis, we must not forget the farmers and the owners of the livestock,” said Qu Dongyu, the secretary general of the organization. “Urgent agricultural assistance is key to countering the effects of drought and deteriorating conditions in the vast rural areas of Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months.”
The report was provided by Najim Rahim, Jim Huylebroek, Fahim Abed, and Thomas Gibbons-Neff.