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Afghanistan evacuation: Chaos continues at Kabul airport

Women threw infants over barbed wire at Kabul airport as troops set off stun grenades and fired pictures in a single day to drive again determined crowds because the west’s ignominious exit from Afghanistan descended additional into chaos.

At least 12 folks have died at the airport since Sunday, based on the Taliban which has taken cost of safety, saying they have been both shot or tramped whereas urging crowds to disperse. ‘We do not wish to damage anyone,’ a spokesman mentioned immediately.

Meanwhile British defence secretary Ben Wallace insisted that westerners are being allowed by means of the Taliban’s ring of metal across the airport, after stories on Wednesday that British and German passport holders had been unable to move by means of and planes have been departing half empty. 

‘We have not despatched a single empty airplane residence,’ he added. ‘We will use each house on our planes attainable.’

Mr Wallace additionally urged folks to not move their infants to British troops contained in the airport compound, saying that unaccompanied youngsters won’t be loaded on to flights in a foreign country.

Elsewhere, Joe Biden continued to defend his determination to withdraw – insisting that chaos was inevitable whereas dismissing footage of individuals falling to their deaths from US planes as occurring ‘4 or 5 days in the past’.

Boris Johnson was additionally mauled over the British authorities’s response to the disaster in a Commons debate, whereas international secretary Dominic Raab was dealing with calls to resign after it emerged he didn’t make a vital cellphone name about getting Afghan translators in a foreign country – delegating to a junior minister.

Labour MP Tom Tugendhat summed up the sensation of dismay when he mentioned: ‘This is what defeat appears like.’  

Babies have been thrown over barbed wire in direction of troops at Kabul airport in a determined bid to get them in a foreign country because the west’s ignominious exit from Afghanistan continued

A younger woman is handed to US troopers guarding Hamid Karzai airport amid a determined scramble to get in a foreign country by tens of 1000’s of Afghans who do not wish to be dominated by the Taliban

A British soldier carries an Afghan woman away from crowds at the gate, as Defence Secretary Ben Wallace immediately urged folks to not move their youngsters to troops as a result of they won’t get a seat on flights out

Troops fired gunshots and let off stun grenades at the doorway to the northern army aspect of the airport in a single day in a useless bid to maintain crowds of 1000’s from speeding the gates

Tens of 1000’s of Afghans have gathered at the north and south entrances to Kabul airport within the hopes of securing a seat on western evacuation flights in a foreign country

Satellite pictures have revealed the extent of the disaster at Kabul airport, with vehicles crammed up in opposition to the southern civilian entrance and northern army entrance that may be seen from satellites

Afghanistan’s greatest pop star flees amid fears captured feminine governor will probably be executed

The Taliban have mentioned there will not be democracy as a result of ‘it’s sharia regulation and that’s it,’ as determined Afghans, together with the nation’s greatest pop star, flee the nation.

Spokesman Waheedullah Hashimi advised Reuters: ‘There will probably be no democratic system at all as a result of it doesn’t have any base in our nation.

‘We won’t focus on what sort of political system ought to we apply in Afghanistan as a result of it’s clear. It is sharia regulation and that’s it.’

Aryana Sayeed, a singer and choose on the Afghan model of The Voice, was a kind of lucky to flee the nation on a US cargo jet on Wednesday.

‘I’m effectively and alive and after a few unforgettable nights, I’ve reached Doha, Qatar and am awaiting my eventual flight again residence to Istanbul,’ the 36-year-old advised her 1.3 million Instagram followers.

Ms Sayeed later posted an replace exhibiting that she had flown onward to Turkey. 

She mentioned: ‘After I get residence and my thoughts and feelings return again to regular from a world of disbelief and shock, I’ve many tales to share with you.’ 

But different outstanding girls like Salima Mazari, one of many nation’s first feminine governors, have already been rounded up and arrested. 

Ms Mazari was an outspoken critic of the Taliban throughout her time as governor of the Hazara district and there are fears that the jihadists might execute her.

Mr Wallace additionally warned of the long-term injury the retreat from Afghanistan will do to the notion of western energy, saying the scenes taking part in out in Kabul will encourage enemies in Moscow.

‘What I’m uncomfortable with is that we’ve got a world order now, the place resolve is perceived by our adversaries as weak, the West’s resolve,’ Wallace advised BBC TV.

‘That is one thing we should always all fear about: if the West is seen to not have resolve and it fractures, then our adversaries like Russia discover that encouraging,’ Wallace advised LBC radio.

Britain fears the Taliban’s return and the vacuum left by the West’s chaotic withdrawal will enable militants from al Qaeda to achieve a foothold in Afghanistan, simply 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on the United States

As the airlift of Western residents and Afghans who labored for international governments sought to ramp up, President Biden mentioned US forces will stay till the evacuation of Americans was completed, even when that meant staying previous the August 31 deadline for full withdrawal. 

In complete, at least 8,000 folks have been evacuated since Sunday, a Western safety supply in Kabul mentioned.

A day earlier armed Taliban members prevented folks from entering into the airport compound.

‘It’s a whole catastrophe. The Taliban have been firing into the air, pushing folks, beating them with AK47s,’ mentioned one one that was making an attempt to get by means of on Wednesday.

A Taliban official mentioned commanders and troopers had fired into the air to disperse crowds outdoors Kabul airport, however advised Reuters: ‘We don’t have any intention to injure anybody.’ 

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mentioned home air carriers and civilian pilots will probably be allowed to fly into Kabul to conduct evacuation or reduction flights solely with prior U.S. Defense Department approval. 

Facing a barrage of criticism over the U.S. withdrawal, Biden mentioned chaos was inevitable. Asked in an interview with ABC News if the exit of U.S. troops might have been dealt with higher, Biden mentioned: ‘No. … The concept that one way or the other, there is a strategy to have gotten out with out chaos ensuing, I do not know the way that occurs.’

A brand new authorities to exchange that of President Ashraf Ghani, who’s in exile within the United Arab Emirates, might take the type of a ruling council, with Taliban supreme chief Haibatullah Akhundzada in general cost, a senior member of the group mentioned.

Western nations have been accused of leaving folks behind as evacuation flights take off from Kabul half-empty. Pictured are Afghan girls and kids disembarking a Spanish flight that had 50 folks on board, regardless of having room for over 100

Afghan girls disembark from a Spanish Airbus A-400M airplane that had ‘simply over 50 folks’ on board regardless of having capability for 150, at Torrejon de Ardoz air base close to Madrid

Spain’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Albares (centre left) and Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Jose Luis Escriva (centre proper) escort Afghan evacuees off the primary flight to reach from Afghanistan to Spain

Afghan males, girls and kids disembark from the primary evacuation flight to land in Spain because the west pulls out of Afghanistan after 20 years of combating

An Airbus A-400M army transport airplane with ‘simply over 50’ evacuees from Afghanistan lands in Spain in a single day

Taliban fighters have now encircled the airport in Kabul and are deciding who will get to return in and who has to remain out. Checkpoints have been arrange on each the civilian south aspect of the airport and the army north aspect, with gunshots fired in each areas to maintain crowds again

US troops will keep till evacuation is over, Biden pledges 

President Joe Biden mentioned when pressed Wednesday that U.S. troops have been ‘going to remain’ in Afghanistan till they get American residents out, even when it means operating by means of an August 31 deadline order.

He made the assertion regardless of his personal order that U.S. troops will go away by an August 31 deadline, acknowledging the hassle might run over if American residents are nonetheless caught in Afghanistan amid safety and bureaucratic hurdles.

‘We’ve received like 10 to fifteen,000 Americans within the nation proper now. Right? And are you dedicated to creating positive that the troops keep till each American who needs to be out is out?’ George Stephanopoulos of ABC News requested Biden in an interview airing Wednesday and Thursday.

‘Yes,’ Biden replied.

‘So Americans ought to perceive that troops may need to be there past Aug. thirty first?’ the Good Morning America host requested him.

‘No,’ Biden dodged. ‘Americans ought to perceive that we’ll attempt to get it performed earlier than Aug. thirty first.’

Stephanopoulos pressed him. ‘But if we do not,’ Stephanopoulos mentioned, ‘the troops will keep? he requested.

‘If we do not, we’ll decide at the time who’s left,’ Biden responded, prompting his interviewer to make yet one more stab at an answer.

‘And?’ Stephanopoulos requested him

‘And if you happen to’re American drive – if there’s American residents left, we’ll keep to get all of them out,’ Biden responded.

Afghanistan wouldn’t be a democracy. ‘It is sharia regulation and that’s it,’ Waheedullah Hashimi, a senior Taliban official, advised Reuters.

Ghani, who has been bitterly criticised by former ministers for leaving Afghanistan as Taliban forces swept into Kabul on Sunday, mentioned he had adopted the recommendation of presidency officers. He denied stories he took giant sums of money with him.

‘If I had stayed, I might be witnessing bloodshed in Kabul,’ Ghani mentioned in a video streamed on Facebook.

Meanwhile the Taliban celebrated Afghanistan’s Independence Day on Thursday by declaring it had overwhelmed ‘the conceited of energy of the world’ within the United States, however challenges to their rule starting from operating the nation’s frozen authorities to doubtlessly dealing with armed opposition started to emerge.

From ATMs being out of money to worries about meals throughout this nation of 38 million folks reliant on imports, the Taliban face all of the challenges of the civilian authorities they dethroned with out the extent of worldwide assist it loved. 

Meanwhile, opposition figures fleeing to Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley now speak of launching an armed resistance beneath the banner of the Northern Alliance, which allied with the U.S. in the course of the 2001 invasion.

The Taliban up to now have provided no plans for the federal government they plan to steer, aside from to say it is going to be guided by Shariah, or Islamic, regulation. But the stress continues to develop.

‘A humanitarian disaster of unbelievable proportions is unfolding earlier than our eyes,’ warned Mary Ellen McGroarty, the pinnacle of the World Food Program in Afghanistan.

Thursday marked Afghanistan’s Independence Day, which commemorates the 1919 treaty that ended British rule within the central Asian nation.

‘Fortunately, immediately we’re celebrating the anniversary of independence from Britain,’ the Taliban mentioned. ‘We at the identical time on account of our jihadi resistance compelled one other conceited of energy of the world, the United States, to fail and retreat from our holy territory of Afghanistan.’

Unacknowledged by the insurgents, nevertheless, was their violent suppression of a protest Wednesday within the jap metropolis of Jalalabad, which noticed demonstrations decrease the Taliban’s flag and change it with Afghanistan’s tricolor. At least one particular person was killed.

While urging folks to return to work, most authorities officers stay hiding of their properties or making an attempt to flee the Taliban. 

A C-17 army jet lands at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport carrying the primary batch of evacuees from Afghanistan

An Air France flight lands at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris as the primary batch of French evacuees contact down

Afghan girls and kids stroll down an air bridge at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after being evacuated

Afghan president defends his determination to flee

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he left Kabul to forestall bloodshed as he denied stories he took giant sums of money with him as he departed the presidential palace.

Ghani, who confirmed he was within the United Arab Emirates, mentioned he was in ‘session’ to return to Afghanistan after he met a barrage of bitter criticism by former ministers for leaving the nation abruptly as Taliban forces entered the capital on Sunday.

But the United States – Ghani’s most necessary ally – reiterated immediately that it didn’t see Ghani as a participant within the area, after the ousted president vowed to return.

‘He is not a determine in Afghanistan,’ Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman advised reporters as she declined to touch upon the United Arab Emirates’ determination to grant him asylum.

Speaking from exile immediately, in his first public remark because it was confirmed he was within the UAE, Ghani mentioned he had left on the recommendation of presidency officers, telling viewers by means of a video streamed on Facebook: ‘If I had stayed, I might be witnessing bloodshed in Kabul.’

Ghani mentioned that he had been making an attempt to cease Afghanistan turning ‘into one other Yemen of Syria’, and he insisted allegations that he had left the nation with a considerable amount of money have been ‘baseless’ and ‘lies’.

Reports had earlier steered that Ghani fled with $169million in his cash-stuffed helicopter and has been given asylum in Dubai on ‘humanitarian grounds’.

He mentioned there was no reality to allegations that he escaped with ‘suitcases of money’, saying it was all a part of a ‘persona assassination’.

Questions stay over Afghanistan’s $9 billion international reserves, the overwhelming majority now apparently frozen within the U.S. The nation’s Central Bank head warns the nation’s provide of bodily U.S. {dollars} is ‘near zero,’ which can see inflation increase the costs of wanted meals whereas depreciating its forex, the afghani.

Meanwhile, a drought has seen over 40% of the nation’s crop lost, McGroarty mentioned. Many fled the Taliban advance and now reside in parks and open areas in Kabul.

‘This is absolutely Afghanistan’s hour of biggest want, and we urge the worldwide neighborhood to face by the Afghan folks at this time,’ she mentioned.

Two of Afghanistan’s key border crossings with Pakistan, Torkham close to Jalalabad and Chaman close to Spin Boldak, are actually open for cross-border commerce. Hundreds of vehicles have handed by means of, Pakistan’s inside minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has mentioned. 

However, merchants nonetheless worry insecurity on the roads, confusion over customs duties and pressures to cost their items even increased given the financial situations.

There has been no armed opposition to the Taliban. But movies from the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, a stronghold of the Northern Alliance militias that allied with the U.S. in the course of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, seem to point out potential opposition figures gathering there. That space is in the one province that has not fallen to the Taliban.

Those figures embody members of the deposed authorities – Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who asserted on Twitter that he’s the nation’s rightful president, and Defense Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi – in addition to Ahmad Massoud, the son of the slain Northern Alliance chief Ahmad Shah Massoud.

In an opinion piece revealed by The Washington Post, Massoud requested for weapons and assist to struggle the Taliban.

‘I write from the Panjshir Valley immediately, able to observe in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen fighters who’re ready to as soon as once more tackle the Taliban,’ he wrote. 

‘The Taliban shouldn’t be an issue for the Afghan folks alone. Under Taliban management, Afghanistan will doubtless turn into floor zero of radical Islamist terrorism; plots in opposition to democracies will probably be hatched right here as soon as once more.’

American troops stand guard at Hamid Karzai airport in Afghanistan as evacuations from the nation proceed

A US Marine escorts Department of State personnel to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

The US has so-far evacuated some 2,000 folks from Afghanistan and is hoping to evacuate 20,000 extra in an operation that would final for weeks

Joe Biden snaps over photographs of Afghans falling from planes in Kabul and suggests there isn’t any approach America might have gotten out ‘with out chaos ensuing’

President Joe Biden angrily defended his dealing with of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying on Wednesday that chaos was unavoidable – feedback which have been instantly seized on as shameful by his critics.

Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden defended the US withdrawal, which noticed the Afghan authorities crumble and fall to the Taliban simply 11 days later.

On Wednesday the US army evacuated roughly 1,800 people on ten C-17s. Since August 14, practically 6,000 folks have been taken out of Kabul. Biden advised ABC News mentioned he needs to rescue 15,000 Americans, and as much as 65,000 Afghan refugees who helped the US army operation.

‘The concept that one way or the other, there is a strategy to have gotten out with out chaos ensuing — I do not know the way that occurs,’ he mentioned.

His remarks have been met with disbelief.

Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s ambassador to the UN, mentioned it was ‘shameful’.

‘This is such a slap within the face to the 1000’s of Americans nonetheless in Afghanistan,’ she tweeted.

‘He had no plan, he has no urgency, and he will not take duty. #Shameful’

President Biden defended his dealing with of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan throughout an interview on Wednesday, saying it was troublesome to see how chaos might have been averted

Two persons are seen falling from a U.S. Air Force airplane on Monday, having tried to leap on board because it was taxiing away from Kabul airport

Liz Cheney, senator for Wyoming, who has lengthy argued in opposition to withdrawing troops, echoed her remarks, saying: ‘A very ignorant and shameful efficiency by an American president.’

Tom Cotton, Republican senator for Arkansas, tweeted: ‘No strategy to keep away from this chaos? That’s a bald-faced lie. Joe Biden is as dishonest as he’s impotent.’

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former senior counselor, shared a Fox News article titled: ‘Biden panned for ‘shameful’ feedback on Afghan withdrawal throughout ABC interview: ‘It’s actually dangerous’.’

Iowa congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks mentioned that the White House’s lack of planning was ‘unacceptable’.

‘This assertion downplaying his administrations lack of planning, speaks volumes to their lack of dedication to the protection of our American troops and Afghan allies,’ she mentioned.

‘Unacceptable.’

John McCormack, a fellow at the National Review Institute, agreed, saying: ‘Biden waited greater than 72 hours since Kabul fell to decide to bringing residence each American citizen caught in Afghanistan. In the interim, prime admin officers hedged. Still not clear what the plan is to perform this aim.’

Commentator Jack Posobiec tweeted: ‘Biden simply advised ABC that the Afghanistan withdrawal could not have been dealt with higher There are 1000’s of American residents trapped behind enemy traces as he speaks.’

Biden answered questions on his Afghan withdrawal for the primary time in additional than per week throughout an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News

The world watched in horror as determined Afghans ran alongside departing U.S. Air Force planes. Some tried to cling to the undercarriage as they sought to flee the Taliban

Some of the fortunate ones managed to hurry aboard a C-17 Globemaster transport plane. The crew determined to fly them to Qatar and security regardless of having some 640 folks aboard

Donald Trump Jr criticized Biden’s press convention on Wednesday, throughout which he spoke about COVID, and refused to take questions.

‘10,000 Americans or extra are stranded in Afghanistan, trapped by a terrorist group, and our president is an excessive amount of of a coward to take a single question from the media. #CowardInChief,’ he mentioned.

At one other level within the interview, Biden snapped when requested about horrific pictures of Afghans falling from planes.

‘That was 4 days in the past, 5 days in the past,’ he mentioned, regardless that the photographs of individuals falling to their deaths emerged on Monday.

Ric Grenell, who served as Trump’s ambassador to Germany, mentioned: Why did @GStephanopoulos let him lie about this?

‘@Abc has some explaining to do. This was an unique and meaning they’ve a duty.’

The Massachusetts Republican Party account tweeted: ‘If #Biden truly had a plan, Afghans would not have been falling out of the sky over #Kabul.

‘Disgraceful!’

On social media, pictures of chaos at Kabul airport have been extensively shared.

‘Unreal. Shame on the @JoeBiden administration for this mess,’ tweeted professional life activist Lila Rose.

Sharing the clip of determined Afghans operating alongside a U.S. Air Force airplane, making an attempt to climb aboard, David Patrikarakos tweeted: ‘This footage will nonetheless be performed in 100 years. It now joins pictures of the retreat from Saigon and the bare Vietnamese woman as one of many west’s most shameful moments in trendy historical past.’

Dominic Raab was ‘too busy’ on vacation to assist courageous Afghan translators 

Dominic Raab didn’t make a vital cellphone name whereas he was on vacation to hunt pressing assist airlifting translators out of Afghanistan, the Mail can reveal

Dominic Raab didn’t make a vital cellphone name whereas he was on vacation to hunt pressing assist airlifting translators out of Afghanistan, the Mail can reveal.

Senior officers within the Foreign Secretary’s division suggested final Friday that he ought to make speedy contact with Afghan international minister Hanif Atmar because the Taliban superior on Kabul.

The officers mentioned Mr Raab, who was on a luxurious break along with his household in Crete, wanted to urgently request help in rescuing interpreters who had labored for the British army. They mentioned it was necessary the decision was made by him somewhat than a junior minister.

But Mr Raab didn’t make the decision. Officials have been advised he was unavailable and that Lord Goldsmith, the Foreign Office minister on obligation, ought to converse to Mr Atmar as an alternative.

The Foreign Office mentioned final evening: ‘The Foreign Secretary was engaged on a spread of different calls and this one was delegated to a different minister.’

However, the Afghan international ministry refused to arrange a right away name between Mr Atmar and a junior minister who was not his direct counterpart. As a outcome, they didn’t converse till at least the subsequent day, with essential time lost earlier than the Taliban seized management of Kabul on Sunday.

The revelation is more likely to reignite the controversy over Mr Raab’s dealing with of the disaster. In a fiery Commons debate yesterday, Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer aimed a barb at the Foreign Secretary, saying: ‘I would not keep on vacation whereas Kabul was falling.’

It got here because the scenario in Kabul appeared to dramatically worsen, with chaotic scenes in and across the airport that’s now the one route in a foreign country.

The Amirandes Hotel in Crete, Greece. Senior officers within the Foreign Secretary’s division suggested final Friday that he ought to make speedy contact with Afghan international minister Hanif Atmar because the Taliban superior on Kabul

Many Afghan translators who labored with UK troops are trapped within the capital and unable to succeed in the airfield as they worry being uncovered at Taliban checkpoints. With crowds besieging the airport’s perimeter, and the Taliban in command of the town, it’s unclear how lengthy order will final.

The fall of the Afghan authorities has left 1000’s of British residents, Afghan interpreters and their households stranded in Kabul in a determined scenario awaiting mercy flights again to the UK.

Mr Raab has confronted fierce criticism after it emerged that he was on vacation whereas the Taliban accomplished their gorgeous takeover.

The Foreign Secretary has insisted he was engaged whereas overseas and will direct Foreign Office operations whereas in a foreign country.

But the Mail can reveal that he didn’t personally make a name on Friday that officers mentioned would help with the evacuation of Afghan translators. Foreign Office officers mentioned Mr Raab wanted to request help from the Afghan authorities with getting interpreters who had labored for the British army in a foreign country.

Officials steered he ask Mr Atmar to permit Afghans to get on flights with out passports and visas so they may flee shortly.

The officers mentioned the British Embassy in Kabul had suggested it was necessary the decision was made by him somewhat than a junior minister.

Both US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin had already spoken with Mr Atmar, the recommendation mentioned.

‘We suggest the Foreign Secretary urgently calls the Afghan international minister Hanif Atmar,’ the senior officers mentioned within the message despatched final Friday afternoon. But Mr Raab didn’t make the decision.

In the Commons yesterday, Mr Raab was accused of a ‘dereliction of obligation’. Sir Keir taunted the Foreign Secretary as he advised MPs: ‘You can’t co-ordinate a global response from the seashore.’

Pictured: Women filmed pleading with US troops that the ‘Taliban are coming’ in footage that appeared to have been taken at Kabul airport