KABUL: Some 200 passengers, together with US residents, left Kabul airport on Thursday, on the primary flight carrying foreigners out of the Afghan capital since a US-led evacuation ended on Aug 30.
The flight to Doha comes because the Taliban proceed their transition from insurgents to governing energy, lower than a month after they marched into Kabul and ousted former president Ashraf Ghani.
Thursday afternoon’s Qatar Airways flight took some 200 individuals from Kabul airport — the primary since a mammoth, chaotic airlift of greater than 120,000 individuals got here to a dramatic shut with the US pullout.
An Afghan-American twin citizen, ready to board the flight together with his household, mentioned the US State Division had referred to as him within the morning and instructed him to go to the airport.
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“We acquired in touch with the State Division, they gave me a name this morning and mentioned to go to the airport,” the daddy, who requested to not be named, mentioned.
Within the days that adopted the Taliban’s blitz, the airport had change into a tragic image of desperation amongst Afghans frightened of the Taliban’s return to energy — with hundreds of individuals crowding round its gates every day, and a few even clinging to jets as they took off.
Greater than 100 individuals had been killed, together with 13 US troops, in a suicide assault on Aug 26 close to the airport that was claimed by the militant Islamic State group’s native chapter.
Footage broadcast by Al Jazeera TV on Thursday confirmed households together with ladies, youngsters and aged individuals ready with suitcases on the airport for his or her flip to depart.
It was not instantly clear whether or not any international locations apart from Qatar had performed a job in organising the airlift.
Qatar has acted because the central middleman between the Taliban and the worldwide neighborhood in recent times, and quite a few international locations, together with america, have relocated their embassies from Kabul to Doha within the aftermath of the Taliban takeover.
“We’re very appreciative of the Qataris,” one man instructed the channel, giving his nationality as Canadian.
Away from the airport, there was a noticeably stronger Taliban presence on the streets of Kabul as armed fighters — together with particular forces in navy fatigues — stood guard on road corners and manned checkpoints.
Qatar’s particular envoy to Afghanistan, Mutlaq al-Qahtani, referred to as it a “historic day” for the airport.
Late on Wednesday, the Taliban moved to snuff out any additional civil unrest, saying protests would want prior authorisation from the justice ministry, including that no demonstrations had been allowed “in the intervening time”.
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