“On the one hand, we would like to have as much time as possible to get as many people out as possible. At the same time . . . if we stay beyond [the] August 31 [deadline], especially if we don’t have at least a kind of tacit consent of the Taliban, the danger increases [of] attacks,” Stoltenberg stated.
He noted that the operation on the evacuation of people from Afghanistan is one of the most large-scale in history. According to him, after the end of the military campaign, the alliance will continue to get out people by commercial flights and it will demand from the Taliban to open ground checkpoints.
According to the NATO Secretary-General, the most difficult part of the evacuation is the road to the Kabul Airport. It ties with the fact that the Taliban control the whole territory of the country.
As we reported, over 82,300 people were evacuated from Kabul as of August 14. Many citizens of Afghanistan and foreigners try to leave the country. Nevertheless, according to a Pentagon representative, about 10,000 people stay at the airport of Kabul expecting the evacuation. It is expected that this number can increase soon. Meanwhile, it is harder for people to get into the airport even if they have permission to go abroad.
On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos was observed.