Taliban threaten to ban evacuation after August 31; Biden promises to meet deadline

Source : 112 Ukraine

Only foreigners are allowed to enter the Kabul Airport
08:41, 25 August 2021

The leadership of the far-right Taliban movement, who seized power in Afghanistan, stated that all desirous can leave the country not later than August 31 and after that – the leaving will be impossible as Euronews reported citing Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid.

“We will not allow any operations on the evacuation after August 31,” Mujahid warned.

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According to him, only foreigners are allowed to enter the Kabul Airport. The representative of the Taliban has urged the western countries not to take qualified Afghani specialists out of Afghanistan, only personnel.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has assured that his country is ready to end the mission in Afghanistan in established term – until August 31 as Voice of America reported.

“We are ready to finish the operation on August 31, sooner it takes place – better,” the president underlined on Tuesday, holding speech at the White House after the virtual G7 summit.

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According to him, it is planned to evacuate about 12,000 people from Kabul.

Biden also informed that in his order to Pentagon and U.S. State Department to develop plans in case of “unexpected circumstances” that can aggravate the process of evacuation. The president noted the necessity of consideration of the increased risks of attacks from the side of the terrorists – the issue is not only about Al-Qaeda.

Earlier, U.S. President Joe Biden stated the American troops can stay in Afghanistan after August 31 – the last term for evacuation of Americans.

Related: 17,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan over past week,- Pentagon

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 is observed.

Biden authorized the deployment of 5,000 troops to Afghanistan to ensure "an orderly and safe" drawdown and evacuate US personnel. 

On August 16, the Pentagon approved sending another 1,000 servicemen to help evacuate American citizens from Kabul.


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