CONFLICT. Taliban fighters stand guard outside the Green Zone, where most of the embassies are located, after they took control of Kabul on August 17, 2021. | Photo: Efe.

The Taliban announced Tuesday a general amnesty for Afghan government officials and ordered their fighters to be disciplined from Kabul. At the same time, the United States and other nations resumed military evacuation efforts for allied Afghans and other civilians.

The context: Taliban co-founder and de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday for the first time in more than a decade. His return marked a consolidation of the Taliban government amid a near total surrender of Afghan forces and the withdrawal of Western troops and diplomats.

  • At a broad press conference in Kabul, the Taliban delivered conciliatory messages, vowing not to discriminate against women, or seeking to control the media.
  • They also suggested that those who worked with the previous government and allied forces will be pardoned.
  • “We assure the international community that there will be no discrimination against women, but of course within the frameworks we have,” said spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

And now that…? Kabul’s international airport is open and flights have resumed to evacuate Americans and others who helped the United States in Afghanistan, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

  • More than 700 people, including 150 US citizens, have departed in the past 24 hours, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Almost a thousand soldiers have been transferred and the number on the ground is about 3,500. The US military will send more troops between today and tomorrow.
  • The State Department has sent messages to US citizens telling them how to safely assemble at the airport for outbound flights.
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Main source of the news: The Washington Post.

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