(KABUL) JUST IN: The Taliban’s education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, announced a series of new restrictions on women and girls’ education in Afghanistan at a press conference Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Going forward, the #Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country’s universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic…..

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban have announced new rules for women and girls’ education the new rules include gender segregation and an Islamic dress code; subjects are also under review.

Afghan girls raise their hands during an English class at the Bibi Mahroo high school in Kabul in 2006
DW

“Coeducation is in conflict with the principles of Islam and, on the other hand, it is in conflict with national values and is against the customs and traditions of Afghans,” Haqqani said.

In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.

Women attend a program to support Taliban at Kabul Education University on September 11

A strict dress code will likely apply at Afghanistan’s universities

The Taliban have already said they hope to have women teach female students. If that is not possible, men may teach women, but classes should follow the Taliban’s rigid interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.

The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.

Haqqani said the new rules are the outcome of the successful jihad waged against the West to establish an “Islamic system.” The minister claimed he did not want to turn back the clock to 20 years ago, when the Taliban last ruled and women and girls were not allowed to go to school, but said that the Taliban would “start building on what exists today.”

On Saturday, the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signaling the start of the new government.

Afghan women's rights defenders and civil activists protest for equal rights in Kabul earlier this month
Women who demonstrated for equal rights earlier this month protested on the streets.

ar/rc (AP, dpa)

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.13: 2021:

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(WALES) Afghan Evacuation Report: The first Afghan refugees, who were airlifted from Kabul following the #Taliban seizure of the country last month, have arrived #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The Welsh government said 50 families are being resettled across the country: Most of those who have arrived directly supported Welsh-based armed forces in the country over the past 20 years….

#AceDailyNews says that the first refugees have arrived in Wales after #Taliban coup: The Urdd youth organisation is helping to provide accommodation, with 230 Afghans being resettled in Wales in total.

A mother and her two children who have left their home in Kabul
Getty Images: The UK government has pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years

This is after the UK government pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years after the Taliban seized back control of the country.

“Today we welcome the families and individuals that have served our country in Afghanistan,” said Wales’ Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt.

“We have made clear our pledge of Wales being a nation of sanctuary and we’re committed to do all that is possible to ensure Afghan interpreters, refugees and their families are welcomed.”

: Taliban has now taken control of Afghanistan

She added: “All local authorities in Wales are participating in these schemes and have offered their support and assistance to the Afghan citizens who are being resettled in the UK.”

The Urdd youth organisation is providing initial accommodation before other properties are found. 

Its chief executive, Sian Lewis, said: “As an organisation, we are proud to help and continue to share with our members the importance of loyalty to country and culture but also to humanity and a higher good: We have a moral obligation as a national youth organisation to support humanitarian projects and offer a hand of friendship and support to the Afghan community in their time of need.”

Colonel Sion Walker from the 160th (Welsh) Brigade said: “There are direct historical links with Wales-based and Wales-facing units and members of many of those families coming to Wales: They will have worked alongside each other during very difficult times in Afghanistan; our involvement is recognition of the support given and comradeships developed during those times and we are proud to have played a part in making Wales a nation of sanctuary.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.10: 2021:

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(KABUL) Afghan Protests Report: Women protest on the streets angering to support the resistance fighting in the Panjshir Valley and Taliban firedd warning shots to disperse the crowd in the Afghan capital #AceNewsDek report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights: Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighbouring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country denies….

#AceDailyNews says that the #Taliban fire warning shots at protest in Kabul: As members were filmed firing shots into the air to disperse protesters after on Monday they claimed victory in the Panjshir Valley province – the final pocket of territory which has remained outside their rule

Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.

A video sent to the BBC shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after celebratory aerial fire.

Guards at a nearby bank opened its basement car park to dozens of women who sheltered from the gunfire for about 20 minutes, one of the protesters told the BBC.

Some journalists, including the BBC’s team, were prevented from filming at the rally. Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency reported that its cameraman was arrested and detained by the Taliban for nearly three hours.

A former government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that Taliban members were taking close-up photos of leading protesters, possibly to help identify them later.

Women have been protesting for the past week, but on Tuesday men also joined their calls for equality and safety. Many observers had commented that there were few men at the previous women-led rallies.

The protesters were heard chanting “long live the resistance” and “death to Pakistan” as they marched.

“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one woman at the protest told Reuters news agency.

Another protester, Sarah Fahim, told AFP news agency: “Afghan women want their country to be free. They want their country to be rebuilt. We are tired… We want that all our people have normal lives. How long shall we live in this situation?”

The demonstrations come one day after Ahmad Massoud, the leader of anti-Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants. 

Many protesters showed support for the resistance forces, who say they are still fighting off the Taliban in Panjshir.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.08: 2021:

Anger directed at Taliban and PakistanBy Secunder Kermani, BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent in KabulThe mood amongst the protesters was one of real anger, directed predominantly at Pakistan but also against the Taliban. Large numbers of young women were among the crowd. One, chanting “death to Pakistan”, alleged the country’s air force had bombed Panjshir, the province where resistance forces have been holding out against the Taliban. Pakistan has dismissed those claims, but is widely seen has having long supported the Taliban’s insurgency. Many in Afghanistan have long deeply resented what they see as Pakistani interference – a feeling exacerbated recently by the visit to Kabul of the head of Pakistan’s intelligence services, the ISI.Taliban members in police vehicles initially drove alongside the protesters, not preventing them from demonstrating. However, they later fired volleys of bullets into the air to disperse the crowd, and stopped us and other journalists from filming further. These protests are the biggest challenge to the Taliban’s authority we have seen so far in Kabul, and include bold and direct criticism of the group. One young woman said, “We demand freedom of speech, democracy… I’m not afraid of death.”

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(KABUL) #Taliban Report: Caretaker government installed with a number of new leaders appointed with most given to established leaders of their power structure #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: #Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced who will be appointed to key government posts as the group assumes complete power over Afghanistan.

#AceDailyNews says the #Taliban announce new caretaker government: The militant Islamists have appointed leaders for their new administration after sweeping to power in recent weeks. Most posts have gone to longtime leaders in the Taliban power structure heres waht is known …

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid holds a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on September 07 2021

Despite claims they would rule differently to the group’s repressive regime in the 1990s, the list was filled with mostly old guard stalwarts.

In a statement released later on Tuesday, the Taliban’s supreme leader said the new government would be guided by Islamic Sharia law as interpreted by their fundamentalist ideology.

Who’s who in the Taliban government?

A spokesman for the militants said that Mullah Hasan Akhund will be acting prime minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, Mullah Yaqoob will be acting defense minister and Amir Khan Muttaqi will be acting foreign minister.

Akhund has been the leader of the Taliban’s leadership council for decades. Yaqoob is the son of Taliban founder Mohammed Omar.

Haqqani is the scion of a powerful family and leader of the brutal and powerful Haqqani network, which has become a suborganization of the Taliban in its own right.

Student in Germany tries to get help for Afghan people

Muttaqi is an established part of the group’s diplomacy apparatus, representing the Islamist organization at UN-brokered peace negotiations.

The interim government will continue to include a Culture and Information Ministry as well as an Education Ministry, as well as a minister for refugees and repatriation.

The Taliban has not elaborated on how long the caretaker government will last, and did not mention plans to hold elections.

Who is missing?

The list did not appear to include any non-Taliban figures, which had been demanded by the international community.

The Taliban also reportedly disbanded the Ministry for Women’s Affairs, days after violently clamping down on women-led protests against curbs to their freedoms under Taliban rule.

There are also no women in the new power structure, something protesters in Kabul had been calling for as women fear losing their hard-won rights.

Also suspiciously absent, Afghan journalist Ali Latifi told DW, is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is “the leader of the Taliban as far as we know.”

Latifi said the omission gives credence to the rumors that the militant group’s supreme leader since 2016 is dead, despite assurances from the Taliban to the contrary.

What did the leaders say?

As if to dispel exactly these kinds of rumors, the Taliban put out a statement from Akhundzada later on Tuesday. 

Known as the group’s supreme leader, Akhundzada congratulated the country on “liberation from foreign rule” and confirmed that “in the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia.”

Under the Taliban’s extremist vision, this means few rights for women and minorities and a repressive understanding of rules given in the Quran.

Akhundzada said the new government would continue to uphold all international treaties and agreements not in violation with its interpretation of Islamic law.

How has the US responded?

Following the announcement of the interim government, Washington said it was concerned about the appointments.

“We note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women,” the State Department said in a statement.

Hundreds take to Kabul streets to protest against Taliban

“We also are concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals,” the statement added.

The US said that it would judge the Taliban’s caretaker government “by its actions, not words.”

What is the situation in Afghanistan?

On Monday, the Taliban claimed victory in the northeastern Panjshir province — the last Afghan region still holding out against their rule. However, resistance forces in Panjshir have said the fighting was still ongoing.

As US forces began leaving the country after a 20-year operation on August 15, the Taliban took advantage of the move to push through the vast majority of the country and reclaim power.

Thousands of refugees fled to the country’s borders and there was a desperate scramble for foreign nationals to evacuate the country.

es/rt (AP, Reuters)

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(KABUL) Taliban Press Conference Report: Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Monday said the war in the country has ended and they hope Afghanistan will become a stable country #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsDesk says the ‘War is Ended’ – Future Govt Imminent: Mujahid appeared at the press conference hours after the #Taliban in a statement on Monday morning announced that its forces had completely captured Panjshir province: Due to communication problems, TOLOnews has so far not been able to obtain comments from the Resistance Front in this regard….

As the fighting continues in Panjshir, the Taliban on Sunday said they have captured all districts of Panjshir province but the fighting is ongoing at the provincial center.

Taliban Claims ‘All Districts’ in Panjshir, Fighting in Center: The Resistance Front, however, rejects the Taliban’s claim, saying they have retaken Paryan district from Taliban forces.

Both Taliban forces and the Resistance Front are claiming to have the upper hand on the battlefield.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Sunday that Taliban forces have captured all districts of Panjshir.

“The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are actively present in all areas and districts of Panjshir. All the areas are under the control of the Mujahideen. They only faced resistance in Bazarak in the center of Panjshir,” he said.

Taliban forces posted a video on social media saying they have taken heavy equipment used by the Resistance Front.

“We have taken several cannons of the enemy,” said Mawlawi Sakhidad Majmar, a Taliban commander.

Mujahid said they wanted to resolve the issue of Panjshir via dialogue, but the talks failed.

On the future government, Mujahid said it will be announced soon, but will likely act as a caretaker government to allow changes and reforms. 

When asked about the fate of the Afghan security and defense forces, Mujahid responded that the forces trained in the last 20 years will be asked to rejoin security departments alongside the Taliban forces.

Speaking about the country’s infrastructure and development, Mujahid said the “invaders” will never reconstruct Afghanistan and that it is the job of the people of Afghanistan and they should do it.

He also said technical teams from Qatar and Turkey and a United Arab Emirate company are working to normalize operations at Kabul airport.

On Afghanistan’s foreign relations, Mujahid said the Taliban wants good relations with the world, especially with China as it is a big economic power and it can help Afghanistan in reconstruction and development.

Mujahid also responded to reporters’ questions about the visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul that included ISI chief Faiz Hamid, saying Pakistan had repeatedly requested to make such a visit Kabul, and the Taliban recently agreed.

According to Mujahid, Pakistan is worried about the release of prisoners in Afghanistan as some may belong to Pakistan and may try to infiltrate into Pakistan. Mujahid said that the Taliban has assured them that no one will be allowed to threaten any country from Afghan territory.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Heathrow Airport has criticised Border Force after passengers faced “unacceptable queuing times” when arriving back from abroad over the weekend #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: A Heathrow spokesman apologised for the delays, but blamed Border Force for not providing enough staff at immigration.

#AceDailyNews says that Heathrow criticises Border Force for ‘unacceptable’ queues at immigration desk with many now filled with people coming back from holidays over the weekend with many of the staff vetting Afghans from Kabul

By Alex Therrien
BBC News

People queuing at Heathrow Airport
Images on social media showed packed queues at the west London airport on Friday night, with travellers complaining of waits of several hours.

The Home Office, which has responsibility for Border Force, said the wait times were “unacceptable”. 

It said Border Force was “rapidly reviewing its rosters and capacity and flexibly deploying our staff across the airport to improve waiting times”.

Travellers at Heathrow used social media to complain about lengthy queues with inadequate ventilation, while some claimed people had fainted while they were waiting.

One Twitter user said: “There are people collapsing in Terminal 5 Arrivals due to overcrowding and no ventilation. Some Covid secure measures…”

Another said: “Horrendous kettling at Heathrow Terminal 5 arrivals tonight. No Border Force. No ventilation. No fire exits. No explanation. Held there for over an hour. People fainting. Panicked skeleton Heathrow ground team not knowing what to do.”

On Saturday morning, Heathrow Airport tweeted that it was unable to say how long travellers would have to queue for immigration. 

In a subsequent statement, the airport said it had “escalated” the issue with Border Force and expected it to provide a better service over the weekend.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are very sorry that passengers faced unacceptable queuing times in immigration due to too few Border Force officers on duty. 

“Border Force were aware of the extra demand from families and we are very disappointed that they did not provide sufficient resource. 

“We have additional Heathrow colleagues to support in managing queues and to hand out passenger welfare including water, but we need every immigration desk to be staffed at peak times. 

“We have escalated this with Border Force and expect them to provide a better service over the remainder of the weekend.”

The Home Office said it was the busiest weekend of the year for returning passengers, with particularly high numbers of families with children under the age of 12 who cannot use e-gates.

E-gates allow travellers with biometric passports to bypass manual inspections when they cross border control.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Throughout the pandemic we have been clear that queue times may be longer as we ensure all passengers are compliant with the health measures put in place to keep the UK public safe. However, the very long wait times we saw at Heathrow last night are unacceptable…

“Border Force is rapidly reviewing its rosters and capacity and flexibly deploying our staff across the airport to improve waiting times.” 

The Home Office added that Border Force was working closely with Heathrow Airport and its airlines and was committed to ensuring passengers had “a safe and hassle-free journey”.

The ISU union, which represents borders, immigration and customs staff, said Border Force had been “chronically under-funded for years” at major airports, with new recruits directed to inland and international trade to address issues arising from Brexit. 

Speaking about the scenes on Friday, an ISU spokeswoman said: “It will happen again. Not just at Terminal 5 but potentially at any large airport.”

EPAMore people have travelled overseas after the government relaxed some travel restrictions

The UK’s travelling restrictions were eased for many on 19 July when the government dropped the requirement for fully-vaccinated people and those under the age of 18 years and six months to quarantine after returning from amber list destinations. 

Most countries – including the UK’s most popular holiday destinations – are on the amber list.

Travellers coming from green list countries do not need to quarantine when they come back to the UK – whether or not they have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

However, travellers from green and amber destinations must have one test before returning to Britain and another two days after they get back.

Only British nationals can enter the UK directly from a red list country, and they must pay to quarantine in government-approved hotels and be tested.

The travel industry has criticised the UK’s changing travel rules, with airlines saying the system risked making international travel “more expensive, burdensome and uncertain compared to other countries”. 

Travel lists are currently updated every three weeks and the system is similar for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

At-a-glance: UK Covid travel rulesGetty ImagesCountries are placed on different coloured lists depending on the Covid situation in each nationGreen list countries are said to carry the lowest risk for travellers – and so isolation is not required, though testing pre-arrival and on day two is neededMost

MOST COUNTRIES: Including the UK’s most popular holiday destinations – are on the amber list: Amber list arrivals do not need to isolate if they are fully vaccinated or under-18 – but testing is required pre-arrival and on day two after landingThose who have yet to have both jabs will need to isolate and take additional Covid testsOnly British nationals can enter the UK directly from a red list country and they must pay to quarantine in special hotels and be tested.

#AceHealthDesk report …Published: Sept.06: 2021:

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(LONDON) Evacuation Report: Border Force officials have admitted that some Afghans airlifted from Kabul have been found to have forged papers or no papers at all, but they are reluctant to “have an argument” with them #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: Assistant Director of Border Force Heathrow Ian Denison appeared to confirm these rumours, justifying the situation by telling the newspaper that some of the new arrivals “tell us they’ve lost the documents they had”.

#AceDailyNews – UK Border Force Admits Some Afghan Evacuees Have Forged Papers: The Telegraph, a right-leaning newspaper close to Boris Johnson’s government, reports being told by border guards that “some Afghan evacuees had arrived at Heathrow with no documentation at all, while others carried forged papers”.

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“We’re not going to have an argument with the people that have been through the process they’ve been through,” he insisted. “You see people with their life belongings in plastic bags.”

‘Afghan Roulette’ UK, France Accidentally Evacuate Security Risk Individuals https://t.co/0Dau2J68Zr

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 24, 2021

The Border Force leader’s statement that his officials are unwilling to “have an argument” with Home Secretary Priti Patel’s assurances that border checks are “vigorous”.

“We have done the checks ‘out of country’ before they’ve come here, so they have digital status and digital identities… They are going through step-by-step identity, security, biometric checks [in the United Kingdom],” she insisted.

Denison’s superior at Border Force Heathrow, Tim Kingsberry, further insisted that “The people who are on the plane[s] are eligible,” despite the fact that “they may still not necessarily have that formal type of identification that we would expect to have here”.

He insisted that Afghan evacuees “demonstrated their entitlement in Kabul”, however at least one evacuee on Britain’s ‘no-fly’ list is known to have been brought to the country in error — although officials are claiming after the fact that he is no longer deemed a threat to the public.

Allied countries have faced similar issues, with the French authorities having had to put at least five evacuees under surveillance after discovering they had Taliban ties, with one suspect actually being put under house arrest — which he promptly violated.

Sweden has also reported that at least two of its evacuees turned out to be people previously convicted of crimes in Sweden and deported from the country.

The Swedish authorities have refused to say what crimes they committed, but as the Scandinavian country is notoriously soft on migrant criminals it is likely they were serious crimes to have actually reached the threshold of being deported.

Breitbart London has asked the Home Office exactly how many evacuees had no papers, forged papers, or were discovered to have been deported previously or named on ‘no-fly’ or ‘no-entry’ lists, but is still awaiting a response.

Migrant Who Fire-Bombed Swedish Synagogue Spared Deportation to ‘Unsafe’ Palestine  https://t.co/Cbr2eHvXLu

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 14, 2018

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.06: 2021:

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(KABUL) LATEST: Domestic flights have resumed in Afghanistan between the capital and three major provincial cities, after a technical team from Qatar reopened the capital’s airport for aid and domestic services #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsREport – Sept.06: Flights between Kabul and the western city of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south started on Saturday, the Ariana Afghan airline said in a statement on its Facebook page.

#AceDailyNews says that Kabul airport reopens for aid and domestic flights, but the US says it won’t help the #Taliban according to Reuters …

Kabul Airport

“Ariana Afghan Airlines is proud to resume its domestic flights,” it said.

Earlier, Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid, according to Qatar’s Al Jazeera news channel.

The airport’s runway has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador said, according to Al Jazeera, in a further small step towards a return to relative normality after the turmoil of the past three weeks.

Reopening the airport, a vital lifeline with both the outside world and across Afghanistan’s mountainous territory has been a high priority for the Taliban as they seek to restore order after their lightning seizure of Kabul three weeks ago. 

A US soldier holds a sign indicating a gate is closed as hundreds of people gather some holding documents.
Kabul airport was in chaos during recent weeks while western countries organised evacuation flights.(AP: Wali Sabawoon)

Kabul airport had been closed since the end of the massive US-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who helped Western countries.

Most of the international community is yet to announce whether they will accept the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, and as a result, finance and access to the country’s assets has been paused. 

In the US, aides Democrats who control both houses of Congress and to Republicans said lawmakers were nearly certain to provide humanitarian aid for internally displaced Afghans and refugees but not to the government itself, at least for now.

“It would be difficult to convince members of Congress to do anything that would appear to be supporting the Taliban government,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide, citing the absence of oversight and a reluctance “to support a government that is anathema to us.”

A senior Senate Republican aide agreed.

“Republicans would absolutely not support giving money to the Taliban,” the Republican aide said, saying they do not want to provide any money until Americans and Afghans who worked with the United States can leave Afghanistan.

The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on whether it would request additional funds for Afghanistan.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.06: 2021:

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Invasion Report: The fate of Panjshir Valley – the final holdout against their control – hangs in the balance as heavy fighting continues #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.04; Taliban sources told Reuters news agency that they had seized the area, but the resistance fighters they are battling denied this: One of the resistance leaders, Amrullah Saleh, dismissed claims he had fled, but said the situation was “difficult”….

#AceDailyNews as the #Taliban prepare to set-up governance across Afghanistan the ‘Fate of Panjshir Valley’ is in balance amid heavy fighting to gain complete control against militant forces as claims and counterclaims are reported by both sides that they had seized the area ….

ANALYSIS: What rise of Taliban means for Pakistan

BACKGROUND: : The story of Afghanistan’s ‘undefeated’ valley

ON THE GROUND: In Kabul, Afghans adjust to a new, uncertain fate

VOICES: Kabul make-up artist: ‘Women like me are targets’

Anti-Taliban militants in training
Thousands are reported to be taking part in the fighting in Panjshir

The fighting in Panjshir is reported to have left hundreds dead. 

In Kabul and other cities several people were killed and others injured by celebratory gunfire, reports say. 

Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan’s smallest provinces and the only one not to have fallen to the Taliban.

The traditional anti-Taliban stronghold is home to somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people, and is hidden behind mountain peaks. 

The resistance – which includes former Afghan security force members and local militias – is led by local tribal leader Ahmad Massoud. His father successfully fought the Soviets who invaded in the 1980s, and the Taliban in the 1990s.

In a video message sent to the BBC, Mr Saleh, a former vice-president of Afghanistan, said there had been casualties on both sides. 

“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said.

But he added: “We will not surrender, we are standing for Afghanistan.”

He said he was sharing the video to assure people that reports suggesting that he had left the country were false. However the BBC was unable to independently confirm his location.

Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the National Resistance Front (NRF) fighters, told BBC World News that the rebels had pushed the Taliban on the back foot.“There are well over a few hundred Taliban who are trapped. And they are running out of munitions and they are negotiating terms of surrender right now,” he said.But Taliban officials have been claiming victory in the area, with one commander telling Reuters news agency: “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command.”

The are now in control of the rest of the country, and are expected to announce a new government in the coming days.The European Union and UK on Friday joined the US in saying they will deal with the Islamist group, but won’t recognise them as Afghanistan’s government: The EU also said it was planning to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul to oversee evacuations and ensure that a new Afghan government fulfils commitments on issues including security and human rights: But its foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said any engagement would be subject to strict conditions and would only be to support the Afghan people.

The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who is in Kabul, says that while the Taliban are seeking international acceptance, they are seeking it on their terms. If the West does not want to deal with them, there are other powers such as China, Russia and Pakistan they can turn to, our correspondent adds.Meanwhile, the Taliban are said to have issued strict orders against aerial firing after unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths caused by celebratory gunfire in Kabul and elsewhere.

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Take Control Report: That thousands have fled their homes in fear while much of the attention has focused on the crowds thronging Kabul airport, thousands of others have fled to neighbouring Pakistan over the Chaman border. Shumaila Jaffery speaks to some of them #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The Chaman Spin Boldak border is one of the busiest crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan with thousands of traders and travellers passing through this dusty town every day. ….

#AceDailyNews says that Afghan’s flee the #Taliban into Pakistan across the Chaman Border from dawn till dusk they pour in – hundreds of men with luggage on their shoulders, burqa-clad women walking briskly behind their men, children clinging to their mothers, exhausted in the scorching heat, and even patients pushed on wheelbarrows.

Crowds at Chaman Spin Boldak border
Women and children look exhausted as they wait in the heat

But these days, the traffic from the Afghan side is particularly high as thousands flee possible persecution by the Taliban.

‘They will raid our houses’

Zirqoon Bibi*, a 57-year-old woman belonging to the minority Hazara community, has only just arrived in Pakistan when I meet her.

The Hazara group has been persecuted by the Taliban in the past, with a recent brutal attack on some men of the community reigniting fears of what Taliban rule would look like for them.

“My heart is burning (with pain)” she repeatedly sobs when I ask how she is. “I ask myself what will become of my son, my only son”.

Her son, who works for a British company, has been trying to leave the country without success.

She says she already lost her daughter-in-law to a bomb blast by the Taliban targeting the Hazara community a few years ago.

“I felt so lost (after her death) that I couldn’t sleep for a long time. The Taliban are terrible people, I am scared of them”.

Before arriving in Pakistan, Zirqoon Bibi was housed in a small makeshift camp on the border with around 24 other Hazara women and children from different parts of Afghanistan: She left her home in the capital Kabul along with her two daughters and granddaughter.As she speaks, her granddaughter sits on her lap, completely oblivious to the fact that she has no home now.”I don’t care about my house or our belongings, I am only worried for my son and his daughter,” Zirqoon Bibi says while gently massaging the child’s shoulders. “Where can I go? what can I do? I have put this girl’s mother in the grave with my own hands. It takes a lot of effort and love to raise children, I can’t lose another one”

A country abandoned: John Simpson on AfghanistanBlack Hawks and Humvees: Taliban’s military gains Zarmeeney Begum*, a 60-year-old Afghan who is a Shia Muslim, has also just arrived with a group of other women. Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been targeted by the Taliban in the past. She says when her community received news of the Taliban takeover, they felt they had no option but to leave Afghanistan……….Elderly people and patients were transported in wheelbarrows”We fear the Taliban will resume their acts of terrorism again. They will conduct raids on our houses. They are already looking for government officials. We feel that bombings may start any day,” she says.’Disrupted futures’Many of the new arrivals are young Afghan men and women who feel that their futures have now become uncertain.Among them is Muhammad Ahmer* who was studying and working as an English language instructor in Kabul. He is still in disbelief over how quickly Kabul fell.”It was so unbelievable. To be honest, we didn’t know they would take all of Kabul in just one night. But I was only scared about my school and my education,” he said.He said he currently doesn’t know what to do next, but is certain that his future doesn’t belong to Afghanistan under the current rule.”I want to make my own choices in life, I want freedom, so I am not going back.”Business is bad and unemployment rates are through the roof, said some who are migrating to find work in PakistanJamal Khan*, also a student in Kabul, has similar sentiments.”Everybody wants to live in their homes, but we were forced to leave Afghanistan. We are not feeling good about migrating to Pakistan or other countries, all people are worried, but they don’t have any hope,” he says.Others say there is no hope of survival under the Taliban.Obaidullah*, a labourer from Kandahar says he decided to flee to Pakistan because “businesses are destroyed, there is no government and the economy is in complete shambles”.”The situation in Kandahar is normal, but there is no work, I have come here so I can find some work, I will probably drive a rickshaw,” he said.Meanwhile, the Taliban has been trying to portray a more restrained image since its takeover. This is reflected in the stance of one foot soldier who stops to talk to us at the border.He insists the situation is completely peaceful now and says the “trauma of the Afghan people will end as soon as foreign occupation forces leave the country”. “It’s only a trust issue, people will soon know that we mean what we have promised,” he adds.

Thousands cross the Chaman Spin Boldak every day, but the influx from Afghanistan has been exceptionally high since the Taliban took overBut even as people pour in, they say these words mean little. “The Taliban may act differently this time, but people who have suffered from their hands in the past are not ready to trust them yet,” says Mr Ahmer.

They flee even though they know their futures are uncertain.The desperate scramble to escape Afghanistan Pakistan is already hosting millions of Afghans and says it cannot deal with another influx. Many believe it’s only a matter of time before Islamabad completely halts their entry. The Pakistan government has already said that unlike the 1980s, when millions of Afghans came over following the Soviet invasion, this time refugee camps would be set up on the borders and Afghans would not be allowed into the heartland. So far however, people are free to enter the country through the Chaman Spin Boldak border. But they understand the window is small, so they are willing to take any risk to get out.Where they can go after that remains to be seen.*Names have been changed to protect identities

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(WASHINGTON) DoD Press Statement Report: The last military planes have left Kabul and the evacuation operation is over, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport -Aug.31: 26:35: I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable Afghans,” McKenzie said via teleconference from his headquarters in Tampa. “The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30, this afternoon, at 3:29 p.m., East Coast time, and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan.”

#AceDailyNews reports that Military Phase of Evacuation Ends, as Does America’s Longest War as the last C-17 departed with Army Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, the commander of troops in Kabul, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson aboard. It was fitting the State and Defense leaders left together, McKenzie said.

Aug. 30, 2021 | BY Jim Garamone , DOD News

DoD Report:

That C-17s played such a part in the evacuation is only fitting. On Oct. 7, 2001, Pentagon leaders announced that C-17 aircraft were dropping humanitarian rations to starving Afghans, even as American military might went after al-Qaida and the Taliban leaders that were sheltering Osama bin Laden and his murderous cult.

The C-17 departure today was both the end of the military portion of the evacuation and “also the end of the nearly 20 year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001,” McKenzie said. “It is a mission that brought Osama bin Laden to an end, along with many of his al-Qaida co-conspirators, and it was not a cheap mission.”

More than 800,000 American service members and 25,000 civilians served in Afghanistan over the almost 20-year mission. A total of 2,461 U.S. service members and civilians were killed and more than 20,000 were injured. “Sadly, that includes 13 U.S. service members who were killed last week by an (Islamic State of Khorasan) suicide bomber. We honor their sacrifice today. As we remember their heroic accomplishments. No words from me could possibly capture the full measure of sacrifices and accomplishments of those who serve, nor the emotions they’re feeling at this moment, but I will say that I’m proud that both my son and I have been a part of it,” he added.

A Marine holds a baby while people file in the background.

While the military evacuation is complete, the diplomatic mission to ensure additional U.S. citizens and eligible Afghans who want to leave, continues.

This was the largest non-combatant evacuation operation ever conducted by the U.S. military. President Joe Biden ordered the start of the NEO operation on Aug. 14. Since then, U.S. military aircraft have evacuated more than 79,000 civilians from Hamid Karzai International Airport, which includes 6,000 Americans and more than 73,500 third country nationals and Afghan civilians. “In total, U.S. and coalition aircraft combined to evacuate more than 123,000 civilians, which were all enabled by U.S. military service members who were securing and operating the airfield,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie praised the more than 5,000 service members who enabled the operation. He said the number of people evacuated represented a monumental accomplishment, enabled by the “determination, the grit, the flexibility and the professionalism of the men and women of the U.S. military and our coalition partners who were able to rapidly combine efforts and evacuate so many under such difficult conditions.”

Coalition contributions were invaluable and McKenzie cited the contributions of Norway, which kept a hospital open during the evacuation that was instrumental in caring for some of the wounded from the ISIS strike.

The situation on the ground over the past month has been complicated. Assumptions and plans changed daily, the general said. One plan was to work with a functioning ally in the Afghan government and security forces. Another was based on the premise that the outer provinces would fall to the Taliban, but that Kabul would stand. Finally, it became apparent that the government was collapsing and the security forces giving up. 

A Marine faces a group of civilians with others in the background.

Each time the planners in U.S. Central Command rolled with the punches. They positioned forces in the region to act instantly and pre-positioned aircraft. They worked with interagency officials and with international partners.

McKenzie himself had to meet with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to tell them that if the group interfered with the U.S. non-combatant evacuation operation, there would be severe consequences. He said they were “businesslike and pragmatic” and did not interfere with U.S. operations on the airfield. This included military operations to bring Americans to be evacuated. 

And they accomplished the mission. “The last 18 days have been challenging,” McKenzie said. “Americans can be proud of men and women of the armed forces who met these challenges head on.”

Related Transcript: Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby and General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. Hold a Press Briefing

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(KABUL) Evacuation Report: Security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar have detected that at least one of the Afghans who was evacuated from the Airport has potential ties to ISIS, a U.S. official confirmed to Defense One #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: Moreover, the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System has flagged up to 100 of the 7,000 Afghans evacuated as prospective recipients of Special Immigration Visas as potential matches to intelligence agency watch lists, a second official said.

#AceDailyNews says that a Kabul Evacuee With Potential ISIS Ties Detained at Qatar Base,” by Tara Copp, Defense One, August 24, 2021: Security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar have detected that at least one of the Afghans who was evacuated from Kabul Airport has potential ties to ISIS, a U.S. official confirmed to Defense One.

At least 6,000 fleeing Afghans have been evacuated to Al Udeid and thousands more have been flown to other temporary staging bases throughout the Middle East and Europe by U.S. military aircraft. At those bases, Customs and Border Patrol screeners are checking evacuees’ IDs and biometric data against law enforcement databases, the first official said.

Ultimately, thousands of those Afghans will come to the United States, where they will be initially housed at several military bases, such as Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Lee in Virginia.

“There’s certainly been a number of them” who triggered alerts, requiring agents to pull those evacuees aside for further screening, the first official said. In most cases, those Afghans—many of whom have already been vetted through the special immigrant visa process—were cleared by follow-on screening.

But in at least one case, the evacuee “looks like a potential member of ISIS,” the first official said. “They’re still working that through.”

On a Tuesday call with reporters, a senior administration official said that Afghans evacuated to third-party countries are going through “robust security processing” before coming to the United States.

“That process involves biometric and biographic security screenings conducted by our intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals who are working quite literally around the clock to vet all these Afghans before they’re allowed into the United States,” the senior administration official said….

While most of the security alerts have occurred at Al Udeid, the massive airlift operation has expanded to the extent that it’s possible there are Afghans with potential terror ties getting flagged at other bases.

“I can’t rule it out,” the official said.

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(KABUL) #Taliban Invasion Report: Consultations are ongoing among the leadership and with different ethnicities and political parties about forming an inclusive government, said Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, a senior member of their political office on Saturday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: Currently, the Taliban leadership is consulting with different ethnic groups, political parties and within the Islamic Emirate about forming a government that has to be accepted both inside and outside Afghanistan and to be recognized,” Stanikzai said…..

#AceDailyNews says #Taliban Discussions Continue on Inclusive Govt he was addressing the country on the national radio and television stations, Stanikzai said all people from different walks of life will be included in the next government according to TOLONews

Stanikzai said that all the people will see themselves included in the next government, which will be formed after consultations with the people of Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to forming an Islamic government in which all people from different walks will be included,” he said.

According to Stanikzai, since the collapse of the former government in August 15 there has been no war in Afghanistan. He added that people should work together to keep the peace.

He also called on all people–men and women–to work together to rebuild Afghanistan and reach a durable peace.

Stanikzai once again called on Taliban fighters to not create problems for the people, saying that no Taliban fighter is allowed to interfere in people’s personal affairs or enter their houses.

Referring to Afghans leaving the country, Stanikzai said that those who have left the country can come back and resume their jobs and that Afghanistan needs them and their talents.

Stanikzai assured the people on the formation of an inclusive government as people are worried about a prolonged power vacuum in Kabul.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that 500,000 people will leave Afghanistan in the next four months due to political uncertainty.

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: CENTCOM REPORT: A U.S. airstrike Sunday targeted a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s #IslamicState affiliate before they could target the ongoing American military evacuation at the international airport, officials said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: There were few initial details about the incident, as well as a rocket that struck a neighborhood just northwest of the airport, killing a child. The two strikes initially appeared to be separate incidents, though information on both remained scarce….

#AceDailyNews reports on U.S. Central Command statement on defensive strike in Kabul By U.S. Central Command Public Affairs U.S. Central Command Communication IntegrationTAMPA, Fla. –

Statement | Aug. 29, 2021

U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International airport.

We are confident we successfully hit the target. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material.

We are assessing the possibilities of civilian casualties, though we have no indications at this time. We remain vigilant for potential future threats.

  • Capt. Bill Urban, USN, U.S. Central Command Spokesman

US Airstrike Hits Suicide Bombers Targeting Kabul Airport: AP VIA TOLONews

The strike came as the United States winds down a historic airlift that saw tens of thousands evacuated from Kabul’s international airport, the scene of much of the chaos that engulfed the Afghan capital since the Taliban took over two weeks ago. After an Islamic State affiliate’s suicide attack that killed over 180 people, the Taliban increased its security around the airfield as Britain ended its evacuation flights Saturday.

U.S. military cargo planes continued their runs into the airport Sunday, ahead of a Tuesday deadline earlier set by President Joe Biden to withdraw all troops from America’s longest war. However, Afghans remaining behind in the country worry about the Taliban reverting to their earlier oppressive rule — something fueled by the recent shooting death of a folk singer in the country by the insurgents.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid earlier said in a message to journalists that the U.S. strike targeted a suicide bomber as he drove a vehicle loaded with explosives. Mujahid offered few other details.

Two American military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss military operations, called the airstrike successful. They said the strike caused “significant secondary explosions” indicating the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material in the vehicle.

The strike was the second by America since the airport suicide bombing. On Saturday, a strike in Nangarhar province killed an Islamic State member believed to be involved in planning attacks against the United States in Kabul. The strike killed one person, spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban said.

The rocket attack meanwhile struck Kabul’s Khuwja Bughra neighborhood, said Rashid, the Kabul police chief who goes by one name. Video obtained by The Associated Press in the aftermath of the attack showed smoke rising from building at the site around a kilometer (half a mile) from the airport.

No group immediately claimed the attack, however militants have fired rockets in the past.

Meanwhile, the family of a folk singer north of Kabul say the Taliban killed him.

The shooting of Fawad Andarabi came in the Andarabi Valley for which he was named, an area of Baghlan province some 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Kabul. The valley had seen upheaval since the Taliban takeover, with some districts in the area coming under the control of militia fighters opposed to the Taliban rule. The Taliban say they have since retaken those areas, though neighboring Panjshir in the Hindu Kush mountains remains the only one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces not under its control.

The Taliban previously came out to Andarabi’s home and searched it, even drinking tea with the musician, his son Jawad Andarabi told the AP. But something changed Friday.

“He was innocent, a singer who only was entertaining people,” his son said. “They shot him in the head on the farm.”

His son said he wanted justice and that a local Taliban council promised to punish his father’s killer.

Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, told the AP that the insurgents would investigate the incident, but had no other details on the killing.

Andarabi played the ghichak, a bowed lute, and sang traditional songs about his birthplace, his people and Afghanistan as a whole. A video online showed him at one performance, sitting on a rug with the mountains of home surrounding him as he sang.

“There is no country in the world like my homeland, a proud nation,” he sang. “Our beautiful valley, our great-grandparents’ homeland.”

Karima Bennoune, the United Nations special rapporteur on cultural rights, wrote on Twitter that she had “grave concern” over Andarabi’s killing.

“We call on governments to demand the Taliban respect the #humanrights of #artists,” she wrote.

Agnes Callamard, the secretary-general of Amnesty International, similarly decried the killing.

“There is mounting evidence that the Taliban of 2021 is the same as the intolerant, violent, repressive Taliban of 2001,” she wrote on Twitter. “20 years later. Nothing has changed on that front.”

Meanwhile on Sunday, private banks across Afghanistan resumed their operations. However, they limited withdrawals to no more than the equivalent of $200 a day.

While some complained of still being unable to access their money, government employees say they haven’t been paid over the last four months. The Afghani traded around 90.5 to $1, continuing its depreciation as billions of dollars in the country’s reserves remain frozen overseas.

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(LONDON) Evacuation Report: The British ambassador to Afghanistan has arrived in the UK, with the last British soldiers to leave Kabul expected to touch down within hours #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: The final flight left on Saturday, bringing to an end the UK’s 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan: More than 15,000 people have been evacuated by the UK since 14 August.

#AceDailyNews says the British ambassador to Afghanistan has arrived home as last UK troops leave Kabul and will arrive home shortly after evacuating more than 15,000 according to the MOD as ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ gets underway as people cannot settle, or work, while their claims are considered: A new effort to resettle former Afghan staff and their families in the UK, has been announced: It will be modelled on the Syrian resettlement programme that saw 20,000 refugees come to the UK between 2014 and 2020. A similar number from Afghanistan are expected over the coming years.

By George Bowden & Katie Wright
BBC News

Sir Laurie Bristow
The British ambassador, Sir Laurie Bristow, has been helping the evacuation effort

#AceDailyNews report said that a suicide bombing near the airport on Thursday resulted in some 170 deaths, including two UK citizens and the child of a British national. US President Joe Biden has warned another attack is highly likely.

Vice Adm Sir Ben Key, who ran the UK’s evacuation, said he would be “very nervous” in saying the withdrawal was a success until all the allies had left.

He said it had been a “tremendous international effort” but it wasn’t “a moment of celebration for us at all”, adding that there was a “sense of sadness” at those left behind.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was a chance to reflect on the achievements of recent weeks and of the last two decades, such as girls’ education and weakening al-Qaeda.

Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow, who had been processing those fleeing the country at the airport, was among those who landed at RAF Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire on Sunday morning.

The flight came via the United Arab Emirates and further flights carrying military and civilian personnel are expected later. 

Vice Adm Key, chief of joint operations, said that while he “pays testament” to everything achieved by British forces over the last two weeks, “we know that there are some really sad stories of people who have desperately tried to leave that – no matter how hard our efforts – we have been unsuccessful in evacuating”.

Speaking at RAF Brize Norton, he said the 31 August deadline imposed by the Taliban prevented them evacuating more people “who had helped us so wonderfully and courageously over the last 20 years”.

Photos of exhausted UK service personnel in aircraft coming back from Kabul showed how “deeply tired” they were having “given their all over the last two weeks”, he said.

“Some of the pictures that have come back in the last few days have painted a really good impression of just how desperate and difficult those conditions have been in the last few weeks.

“They have been sleeping in rough conditions, eating off ration packs and their sole motivation has been to help as many of the Afghans and British entitled personnel as they possibly could.”

He added that he had the most “enormous admiration” for what they have done.

No 10 said the number of people evacuated included about 2,200 children, with the youngest just one day old.

About 5,000 British nationals and their families were airlifted, alongside more than 8,000 Afghan former UK staff and their families and those considered at risk from the Taliban.Boris Johnson: “It’s the culmination of a mission unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes”

In a letter to the armed forces community, Mr Johnson acknowledged the fall of Kabul to the Taliban would have been hard for them to watch.

He added it would be “an especially difficult time for the friends and loved ones of the 457 service personnel who laid down their lives” during the war.

The prime minister said the UK’s involvement in Afghanistan “kept al-Qaeda from our door for two decades and we are all safer as a result”.

‘String of strategic errors’

Lord Dannatt, who was head of armed forces between 2006 and 2009, told BBC Breakfast: “It’s a big moment because it’s the end of a military chapter – a chapter that’s ended not in the way we would have wished.”

He said the soldiers involved in the evacuation process at Kabul airport had done “a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances” but he said it was a “tragedy” that some people eligible to come to the UK had been left behind. 

He said there should be an inquiry into the UK’s 20-year engagement in Afghanistan to look at the “string of strategic errors”, including the manner of the evacuation, which he said could have started several months ago and been done “in a more calm and considered way”.Getting the plane out of Afghanistan was “happiest moment of my life”

The US is continuing evacuations ahead of the 31 August deadline for foreign troops to leave the country.

The UK’s embassy in Kabul has suspended its operations and will relocate to Qatar. “We continue to provide only limited consular assistance remotely,” it said.

What happens to Afghan refugees coming to the UK? Arrivals on official flights enter a 10-day Covid quarantine in a hotel: Government officials and local authorities are trying to find them permanent homes as shortage of suitable accommodation means many will be placed in hotels Some will get refugee status and can live in the UK permanently:

OTHERS will get a five-year visa to live and work in the UK – and can then apply for permanent residence Afghans arriving independently will enter the normal system for asylum claims – which has a backlog of 70,000 peopleThese

Support will include help with integration and dealing with trauma, free English language courses, and assistance with health, education, accommodation and employment.

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(WASHINGTON) DoD REPORT: US Service Members Killed In Kabul Airport Tribute: Most of the U.S. fatalities were from California’s Camp Pendleton details of all those below #AceNewsDesk says God Bless 🙏’s for family & friends..

#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: A terror attack outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan left 11 Marines, one Army soldier and a Navy corpsman dead Thursday, injuring 20 more service members and inflicting even more carnage on Afghan civilians……

#AceDailyNews says of the U.S. fatalities were from California’s Camp Pendleton and ISIS-K terror group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing seeking to disrupt the massive evacuation effort of Americans, Afghan allies and third-party nationals outside the U.S.-held airport.

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These are the US service members killed in the Kabul airport attack

DOD Identifies Marine Corps, Navy and Army Casualties

Aug. 28, 2021

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 13 service members who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting non-combatant evacuation operations in Kabul, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.   

For the Marine Corps, the deceased are:

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California. 

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California. 

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska. 

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana. 

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas. 

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.  

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming. 

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California. 

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California. 

Staff Sergeant Darin T. Hoover, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. For more information, media may contact IMEFCOMMSTRAT@USMC.MIL

Sgt. Nicole L. Gee was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. For more information, media may contact IIMEFCOMMSTRAT@USMC.MIL

Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo was assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain. For more information, media may contact MARCENTCOMMSTRAT@USMC.MIL

For the Navy, the deceased is: 

Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio. 

Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. For more information on Hospitalman Soviak, media may contact the U.S. Navy Office of Information at PTGN_CHINFONEWSDESK@navy.mil

For the Army, the deceased is: 

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee. 

Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss was assigned to 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. For more information on Staff Sgt. Knauss, members of the media may contact Maj. Dan Lessard, Public Affairs Officer, 1st Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, at 910-908-3947 or by email at: daniel.j.lessard.mil@socom.mil.

The service members were holding the airport as the Bidenadministration rushes to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from the country following a swift Taliban offensive reclaimed the country.

It was the deadliest attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan in more than a decade. 

Ten of the victims — nine Marines and a Navy hospitalman — were based out of California‘s Camp Pendleton.

Here are the men and women who gave their lives in support of a massive evacuation effort to save U.S. citizens and Afghan allies:

Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover

31, a U.S. Marine from Utah 

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

The Salt Lake City native was “a born leader,” his father, also named Darin Hoover, told the city news station KSL-TV.

The younger Hoover was 11 years old on Sept. 11, 2001, and the al Qaeda terror attacks left him determined to join the military, his father told the station.

Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo

25, U.S. Marine from Massachusetts

Rosariopichardo, from Lawrence, Mass., was assigned to the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

She went by “Rosario” for short, according to the Boston-based WCVB-TV.

“Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario represented the very best our country has to offer,” Massachusetts Congresswoman Lori Trahan said in a statement Saturday. “She made the ultimate sacrifice for our country protecting vulnerable Americans and Afghans trying to get to safety – a selfless and honorable mission.”

Trahan vowed that the terrorists behind the attack would be brought to justice.

Sgt. Nicole L. Gee

23, U.S. Marine from California

Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) calm infants during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 20. U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the Department of State with a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

Gee, a Sacramento native, was assigned to Combat Logistic Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. 

Days before the attack, she shared to Instagram photo of herself taken by a fellow Marine holding an Afghan baby in Kabul, along with the caption, “I love my job.” Another photo showed her standing guard as a group of evacuees loaded onto a military plane ahead of a flight to safety.

Three weeks ago, in a separate post, she said she was promoted to sergeant in Kuwait.

Cpl. Hunter Lopez

22, U.S. Marine from California

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Both of his parents are members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, according to authorities there. 

“Like his parents who serve our community, being a Marine to Hunter wasn’t a job; it was a calling,” the Riverside Sheriff’s Association said in a statement. “He loved his family, and as we grieve for Hunter and his fellow Marines taken from us too soon, there are simply no words to express how deeply he will be missed — Semper Fi.”

Lopez had planned on becoming a deputy himself after returning from his deployment, according to FOX Los Angeles.

Cpl. Daegan W. Page

23, U.S. Marine from Nebraska,

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez

22, U.S. Marine from Indiana

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

“This young man had not yet even turned 30 and still had his entire life ahead of him,” Chris Martin, mayor of Sanchez’s hometown of Logansport, wrote in a Facebook post. “Any plans he may have had for his post-military life were given in sacrifice due to the heart he exhibited in putting himself into harm’s way to safeguard the lives of others.”

 Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza

20, U.S. Marine from Texas

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar wrote that Espinoza, of Rio Bravo, exemplified American values and that “The brave never die.”

“Mr. Espinoza, a Laredo Marine killed in Afghanistan, embodied the values of America: grit, dedication, service, and valor,” he wrote. “When he joined the military after high school, he did so with the intention of protecting our nation and demonstrating his selfless acts of service.”

Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz

20, U.S. Marine from Missouri

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Schmitz, of St. Charles, was also on his first deployment, according to the St. Louis-based FOX 2

In a Facebook post, state Rep. Nick Schroer said Schmitz was from St. Charles County and praised him as “a true American hero.”

Lance Cp. Rylee J. McCollum

20, U.S. Marine from Wyoming

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

McCollum, from Jackson, Wyo., was on his first deployment in Afghanistan when the bomb went off, family members told the Casper Star-Tribune newspaper.

He was recently married and the couple was expecting a baby in the next three weeks, family members told the paper.

Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola

20, U.S. Marine from California

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Merola, of Rancho Cucamonga, was honored by students at his former school, Los Osos High School, ahead of their first football game of the season Friday night, according to CBS 2 Los Angeles.

He had planned on becoming an engineer one day, his mother told the station.

Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui

20, a U.S. Marine from California

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California

Nikoui was another member of the 2nd Battalion.

His father, Steve Nikoui, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday that his son loved his job and had always wanted to be a Marine.

But after the bombing, Nikoui said he spent hours waiting nervously for word from his son.

“As soon as I saw them turn the corner, I saw it was three Marine suits, my life changed forever,” he said.

The elder Nikoui shared a video with Fox News Friday that he said his son sent him the day before his death. It showed him giving candy to smiling Afghan children at the airport.

Navy Hospitalman Max Soviak

22, Navy medic from Ohio

Soviak was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of Camp Pendleton, California.

Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss

23, U.S. Army soldier from Tennessee

Corryton resident Knauss was assigned to the 9th PSYOP Battalion, 8th PSYOP Group, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His grandfather, Wayne Knauss, told WATE-TV he was “a motivated young man who loved his country.”

“He was a believer so we will see him again in God’s heaven,” he added.

“Ryan embodies American heroism — saving people he had never met before, in the face of persistent evil,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn said Friday night. “We will never forget his sacrifice in service to his country.”

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(AFGHANISTAN) #Taliban Invasion Report: Haqqani is head of their military strategy and currently in charge of security in Kabul as west #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: His exact age is unclear, but he is believed to have been born in either Afghanistan or Pakistan between 1973 and 1980, according to the FBI, which placed him on its Most Wanted list and is offering a $5 million reward…

#AceDailyNews says so Who is Sirajuddin Haqqani ? He is the #Taliban deputy leader and wanted terrorist? Sirajuddin Haqqani is the Taliban’s deputy leader and head of the semi-independent Haqqani network, a designated terror group with a reputation for discipline and violence in Afghanistan.

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Haqqani is also the head of the Taliban’s military strategy and was placed in charge of security in Kabul after the militants seized the city last week.

He is the senior leader of the Haqqani network, which the U.S. designated terror group in 2012 and has been linked to bombings, abductions and other attacks. 

Haqqani also has close ties to al Qaeda

His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founded their namesake jihadist group and handed over leadership before his death in 2018 at 71. The father had been paralyzed for a decade by then. But in the 1980s, the elder Haqqani was among the U.S.-backed mujahedeen warlords battling a Soviet Union invasion and was a close friend and mentor of the slain al Qaeda terrorist Usama bin Laden, according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence’s Counterterrorism Guide.

“The Haqqanis are considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting U.S., Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” according to the DNI report. “They typically conduct coordinated small-arms assaults coupled with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide attacks, and attacks using bomb-laden vehicles.”

U.S. officials have blamed the Haqqani network for numerous high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including the 2011 attack on the Kabul International Hotel and a pair of suicide bombings at the Indian Embassy. The group had also attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2011 and is blamed for “the largest truck bomb ever built,” a 61,500-pound device intercepted by Afghan security forces in 2013.

In February 2020, the younger Haqqani wrote an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times, claiming he was “convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop.” The paper identified him as “the deputy leader of the Taliban” but left out his position as the head of a terrorist group.

Even after the paper received criticism for the op-ed, including from within its own newsroom, the author blurb attached to the op-ed still made no mention of his terror ties when accessed Thursday.

“We are about to sign an agreement with the United States and we are fully committed to carrying out its every single provision, in letter and spirit,” he wrote at the time.

Afghanistan situation 'going to get much worse' after Kabul suicide attack: Fmr. national security adviser

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Those provisions included an agreement that the Taliban would not allow terror groups like al Qaeda to operate out of Afghanistan as they did before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that prompted the U.S.-led invasion.

“The Haqqanis expose the lie that there is a line between Taliban and other jihadist groups, especially al Qaeda,” retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a Trump-era national security adviser, told The Wall Street JournalThursday.

Since 2008, Sirajuddin Haqqani has been wanted for questioning in connection with a Kabul hotel bombing that killed six people, including one American. He is also suspected of coordinating and taking part in attacks against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan and playing a role in the failed assassination attempt of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

He has a long lists of aliases, according to the FBI: Siraj, Khalifa, Mohammad Siraj, Sarajadin, Cirodjiddin, Seraj, Arkani, Khalifa (Boss) Shahib, Halifa, Ahmed Zia, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, Siraj Haqqani, Serajuddin Haqani, Siraj Haqani and Saraj Haqani.

And he’s not the only member of the Haqqani network with influence within the Taliban.

Sirajuddin Haqqani’s younger brother, Anas Haqqani, was freed as part of a prisoner exchange in 2019 that also secured the release of American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who had been held hostage by Taliban fighters for over three years. Then he led a Taliban delegation to meet with ex-officials of the toppled Afghan government earlier this month.

After the Taliban seized Kabul last week, Haqqani’s uncle, Khalil Haqqani, delivered public remarks at the city’s largest mosque – receiving cheers in response, according to The New York Times.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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#afghanistan, #kabul, #pakistan

(ANKARA) JUST IN: Erdogan on Friday said Turkey has held its first talks with the #Taliban in Kabul, adding that he was still assessing the Islamist group’s offer to run the Afghan capital’s airport, AFP reported on Friday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Erdogan said the talks were held at a military section of the Kabul airport where the Turkish embassy is temporarily stationed.

#AceDailyNews says that Erdogan has held his first talks with the #Taliban over security and staffing of Kabul airport according to TOLONews

https://lund.news/up-to-20-dead-in-kabul-airport-blasts-as-airlift-deadline-looms/

“We have held our first talks with the Taliban, which lasted 3.5 hours,” Erdogan told reporters. “If necessary, we will have the opportunity to hold such talks again.”

Responding to criticism over Turkey’s engagement with the Taliban, Erdogan said Ankara had “no luxury” to stand idly given the unstable situation in the region.

“You cannot know what their expectations are or what our expectations are without talking. What’s diplomacy, my friend? This is diplomacy,” Erdogan said.

Turkey had been planning to help secure and run Kabul’s strategic airport, but on Wednesday it started pulling troops out of Afghanistan, which has been interpreted as meaning Ankara is abandoning this possibility.

Erdogan said the Taliban now wanted to oversee security at the airport, while offering Ankara the option of running its logistics.

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(LONDON) Evacuation MoD Report: Ben Wallace Defence Minster says today that UK has entered the final stages of its Kabul evacuation and no more people will be called to the airport to leave #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: It is with deep regret that not everyone has been able to be evacuated during this process,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: The MoD said processing facilities at the Baron Hotel, outside the airport in Kabul, had been closed.

#AceDailyNews says that UK enters final stages of evacuation on Thursday evening, the MoD said 13,146 people had been evacuated by the UK from Kabul under Operation Pitting, which began on 13 August. BBC NewsDefence Secretary Ben Wallace: UK will evacuate final 1,000 people on Friday

BBC News By Becky Morton

The US, which is running the airport, is withdrawing its troops by 31 August. 

It comes after two explosions hit Kabul airport on Thursday, killing some 90 people – among them 13 US military personnel.

At least 150 people were also wounded in the attack, which the so-called Islamic State group says it was behind.

But Mr Wallace said the UK’s withdrawal “wasn’t hastened by the attack”. 

Mr Wallace said this included nearly 8,000 Afghans eligible under the UK’s relocation scheme for those who worked for the UK government and other vulnerable individuals, as well as 4,000 British passport holders. 

Others evacuated include embassy staff and nationals from partner nations. 

The defence secretary said the operation was “a remarkable achievement” in a “very hostile environment”. 

But he told LBC Radio around 800 to 1,100 eligible Afghans would be left behind, as well as approximately 100 to 150 British nationals, some of whom he said were staying willingly. 

Mr Wallace told BBC Breakfast eight to nine more flights would come into Kabul to evacuate around 1,000 people who remained inside the airfield. He would not confirm when the last British troops would leave the country, but said this would be before the US withdrew by 31 August. ‘

While the evacuation operation from the airport is coming to an end, Mr Wallace told the Today programme the UK’s Afghan relocation scheme would remain open “indefinitely”. He added that if eligible people were able to get to other countries, the UK could process them there. The defence secretary said it was likely the Taliban would want to keep the airport functioning in the future and people may be able to leave by that route “in the medium term”.

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, who served in Afghanistan, said the military had done “an amazing job” but many people, including his own interpreter, would not get out of the country. “I’m not giving up but my anger and shame for those we’ve left behind to be hunted by the Taliban is growing,” he said in a tweet. With the deadline fast looming the British evacuation operation was always going to end soon. Other European nations have already ended their rescue flights. But the attacks at the airport have made it more dangerous.

The Ministry of Defence says the decision to close the UK’s processing centre reflects the situation on the ground with “an ongoing and serious threat of terrorist attack at the airport”. It means no new cases will be processed. Some of the 1,000 British troops on the ground have already left. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says some military equipment will have to be left behind. As throughout this operation it is the United States that is dictating the sequence of this withdrawal. And it will be US forces, who have provided the bulk of the security, who will be the last to leave.

The MoD said closing processing facilities would enable the UK to focus efforts on evacuating those who were already at the airport ready to leave. “The UK’s ability to process further cases is now extremely reduced and additional numbers will be limited,” it said in a statement.”Evacuating all those civilians we have already processed will free up the capacity needed on UK military aircraft to bring out our remaining diplomats and military personnel.”Mr Wallace said the risk of attacks by the Islamic State group in Afghanistan would increase as foreign forces left. “I’m absolutely concerned that, until we’ve gone, there’s an absolute threat to our forces, and even after we’ve gone there’s a threat to the Afghan people from Isis,” he said.

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(KABUL) LATEST: After two explosions the airport on Thursday, killing some 90 people – among them 13 US military personnel leaving at least 150 people also wounded in the attack, which the so-called #IslamicState group says it was behind #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: LIVE Updated Suicide bomb striking Kabul airport kills dozens in Afghanistan – video report ….

#AceDailyNews says after the Kabul airport attack: UK has entered ‘final hours’ of evacuation; Biden vows revenge for Afghanistan explosion that killed dozens details to date below: Helen SullivanFirst published on Fri 27 Aug 2021 00.23 BST: GUARDIAN LIVE

UK defence secretary says ‘sad fact is not every single one will get out’; Biden says the US will ‘hunt down’ Islamic State leaders responsible; American forces bracing for further attacks CENTCom report below…

10:11

Medical supplies are running out in Afghanistan, where the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif with the help of Pakistani authorities within the next two or three days.

“Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing.

Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added. 

09:53

These are from the Telegraph’s Lucy Fisher, reporting that the UK has started pulling its remaining troops out of Afghanistan, following a temporary increase in numbers to help the evacuation effort.

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

NEW: More than 100 British troops have already left Kabul, I’m told.

There’s fewer than 900 UK military personnel left (down from 1,012 earlier this week), alongside around 60 diplomats.

Several hundred civilian evacuees who’ve been processed are to be airlifted in hours ahead.August 27, 2021

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

UK wants to be “upfront & honest” that “vast majority” of civilians seeking evacuation who aren’t yet processed won’t be airlifted now, says UK defence source

Source stressed: “But if people do turn up, we will do everything we can to get them on a flight if they are eligible”August 27, 2021

Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher)

Defence Sec Ben Wallace has expressed “deep regret” this morning that people will be left behind.

“We will continue to honour our debt to all those who have not yet been able to leave Afghanistan. We will do all that we can to ensure they reach safety.”August 27, 2021

09:51

A former head of the British army has called the US sharing of intelligence with the Taliban about people trying to flee Afghanistan a “dangerous game”.

The comment follows reports that the United States is sharing biometric information with the Taliban in a bid to rescue the remaining people outside the airfield as they withdraw from Afghanistan ahead of the 31 August deadline.

General Lord Richard Dannatt said: 

I think it is a dangerous game. It’s a matter where expediency comes in. I think it’s a case of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’.

We are in many dimensions of least-worst situations. We do worry that information has been passed about those who we were trying to get out, who we failed to get out, that the Taliban do know who they are and this places them under great threat.

09:45

Here is my colleague Peter Walker’s story on Ben Wallace’s admission that the UK has stopped taking people into Kabul airport to remove them from Afghanistan and its evacuation operation will end in “a matter of hours”.

Accepting that there would be Afghan translators or others who worked with UK forces who would not get out, the defence secretary said these people would be advised to seek access to third countries or offered advice on “how they can look after themselves” under Taliban rule.

09:19

Turkey has not made a final decision on a Taliban request for support to run the Kabul airport after foreign forces withdraw over security concerns and uncertainty there, the president Tayyip Erdogan has said, adding talks were still under way.

Officials told Reuters this week that the Taliban had asked Turkey for technical help to run the airport but demanded that Ankara’s military pull out by a 31 August deadline. The military began evacuations on Wednesday.

Erdogan told a news conference before departing for a visit to Bosnia:

The Taliban have made a request regarding the operation of the Kabul airport. They say, ‘We’ll ensure security and you can operate it.’ But we have not made a decision yet because there is always a possibility of death and such things there.

Updated at 10.08am BST

09:18

China has said it strongly condemns the Kabul airport attacks and hopes all parties will take effective measures to ensure a smooth transition, after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 85 people.

China had not received reports of any Chinese nationals being hurt, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news briefing.

Updated at 10.08am BST

08:48

Ben Wallace, the UK defence secretary has also given more details on how the Kabul bombings are believed to have been carried out. 

He said it is believed to have been one suicide bomber and another smaller explosion detonated in the middle of the crowd near the canal near the Baron’s hotel. He told the Today programme:

We think it was a suicide vest and a smaller device. The individual got to the perimeter we had pushed out the day before in response to that threat.

It was about 300 metres, we think, from the Baron’s hotel, and walked straight into the middle of those families waiting.

Discussing when the terrorist warning was issued, Wallace told Sky News:

The night before, the British Army and others had pushed away from the Baron’s hotel, a standoff area about 300 metres away from the Baron’s hotel, and that is in fact where the bomb detonated, we think, himself, at that standoff.

In recognition of the amazing work that our armed forces did, if they hadn’t pushed that perimeter further out I think we could’ve been in a worse place.

He added: 

About 60 to 80 Afghans also tragically lost their lives and they would’ve included families waiting in the canal, or by the canal, for processing.

Updated at 10.10am BST

08:44

The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said the threat of attacks by ISKP, the affiliate of Islamic State in Afghanistan, around Kabul airport would increase as foreign forces departed.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: 

I am concerned. Isis have an intent, they have the capability, should they wish to do so, to deploy more of these types of attacks. I’m absolutely concerned that, until we’ve gone, there’s an absolute threat to our forces, and even after we’ve gone there’s a threat to the Afghan people from Isis.

Updated at 10.13am BST

08:23

The UK defence secretary Ben Wallace said it is estimated that up to 1,100 Afghans who could be eligible for evacuation will be left behind by the UK as troops prepare to leave Kabul.

He told LBC radio: 

We think down to approximately 100-150 British nationals left in the estimated pot, some of those are willingly staying.

Wallace then gave figures for those who could be helped under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy (Arap) scheme.

It was actually double the number of people we thought we’d get out and we’re now way above the original, even the estimates, of the total Arap, which is nearly hitting 10,000, it will go over 10,000 we think today, from April.

We think there will be circa between 800 and 1,100 Arap that didn’t make it.

Updated at 8.38am BST

07:48

Spain has concluded its evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan and the last evacuees are expected to land at the Torrejon military airbase near Madrid later on Friday, the government said.

Two military planes carrying the last 81 Spaniards out of Kabul arrived in Dubai early on Friday morning, the government said in a statement. The planes were also carrying four Portuguese soldiers and 83 Afghans who had worked with Nato countries.

“These two flights conclude the evacuation of Spanish personnel and Afghan allies and their families,” the statement read.

Over the course of its rescue mission Spain evacuated 1,898 Afghans who had worked with western countries the United Nations or the European Union.

Updated at 8.33am BST

WHO says hopes for air bridge into northern Afghanistan in days

August 27, 202110:12 AM BSTLast Updated a minute ago

GENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Medical supplies are running out in Afghanistan, where the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday it hoped to establish an air bridge into the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif with the help of Pakistani authorities within the next two or three days.

“Right now because of security concerns and several other operational considerations, Kabul airport is not going to be an option for the next week at least,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director, speaking from Cairo, told a Geneva briefing.

Insurance rates for flying into Afghanistan have “skyrocketed”, he said, speaking a day after bombs at Kabul airport killed dozens of people. “Once we can address that we can hopefully be airborne in the next 48-72 hours,” he added.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;

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