Taliban block Kabul airport

A Taliban fighter Badri, a unit of "special forces", stands guard in a Humvee vehicle at the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in Kabul on August 28, 2021. Photo: AFP

Taliban forces closed the Kabul airport on Saturday to most Afghans waiting to be evacuated, while the United States and its allies closed a chaotic airlift that will end the two decades of its troops in Afghanistan.

Western leaders recognized that their withdrawal would mean leaving behind some of their citizens and many locals who helped them over the years, and vowed to try to continue working with the Taliban to allow local allies to leave after the deadline. President Joe Biden's Tuesday to retire. the country.

Aunque la mayoría de sus aliados habían terminado sus vuelos de evacuación, Estados Unidos planeaba mantener sus vuelos de 24 horas hasta la fecha límite, diciendo que 117.000 personas habían sido evacuadas desde que los talibanes tomaron Kabul el 15 de agosto. Biden advirtió el sábado que los comandantes habían le dijo que era «muy probable que ocurriera otro ataque en las próximas 24 a 36 horas».

Gran Bretaña estaba llevando a cabo sus últimos vuelos de evacuación el sábado, aunque el primer ministro Boris Johnson prometió «trasladar cielo y tierra» para llevar a más personas en riesgo de los talibanes a Gran Bretaña por otros medios.

As the flow of planes out of Kabul slowed, others arrived at locations around the world with Afghans who managed to secure spots on recent evacuation flights, including in the Washington, Philadelphia, Madrid, Birmingham, England area. among others. Some were relieved and eager to start a new life away from the Taliban, but others were bitter at having to flee. / AP.

 

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