Qatar Airways humanitarian flights depart Kabul | Photo: EFE
About 200 foreigners, including Americans, fled Afghanistan on a commercial flight from Kabul on Thursday with the collaboration of the Taliban, the first such large-scale sortie since US forces completed their frenzied withdrawal more than a week ago. .
The last: A senior US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the Taliban foreign minister and deputy prime minister helped facilitate the flight.
- On board the aircraft were Americans, US green card holders and other nationalities, such as Germans, Hungarians and Canadians, the official said.
- As the Taliban patrolled the runway, passengers presented their documents for inspection, dogs sniffed at luggage on the ground.
- Some veteran airport employees had returned to their jobs after fleeing during the agonizing chaos of the US-led airlift.
And now that? The Qatar Airways flight from Doha marked a breakthrough in the rocky coordination between the United States and the new rulers of Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans are also desperate to get out, fearful of what the Taliban regime may bring.
- US lawmakers, veterans groups and others are lobbying the Biden government to ensure the removal of former Afghan military interpreters and others at risk.
- Qatari envoy Mutlaq bin Majed al-Qahtani said another 200 passengers will leave Afghanistan on Friday.
- The airport is no longer the Hamid Karzai International Airport, but simply the Kabul International Airport, with the name of the former president of the country removed.
Main source of the news: AP