About 12 thousand foreign citizens and Afghans who worked in embassies and international humanitarian groups have been evacuated from Afghanistan since August 15, when the country was captured by militants of the radical Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation). On Saturday, August 21, the agency reported. Reuters with reference to the NATO representative.
He informed that the evacuation process was deliberately slowed down to avoid clashes with the Taliban and Afghans outside the Kabul airport.
The day before, US President Joe Biden announced that more than 18,000 people had been evacuated from Afghanistan since July. At the same time, he stressed that it is no less important to take out the Afghans who helped the United States than to evacuate the Americans.
The American leader also stressed that the United States has an agreement with the Taliban that the Americans will be allowed to enter the airport.
On August 19, the head of the press service of the US State Department, Ned Price, said that 6,000 people were at the Kabul airport, ready to be evacuated from Afghanistan.
On that day, Biden pointed to the difficulties with the evacuation of local residents of Afghanistan, who helped the Americans during their presence in this country. However, he said that representatives of the radical Taliban were cooperating, allowing American citizens, staff and representatives of the embassy to leave Kabul.
On August 17, the international airport of the Afghan capital resumed receiving and sending flights, including civilian ones. On the same day, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that Washington is striving to increase the rate of evacuation from Afghanistan to 9 thousand people a day.
At the same time, chaos is observed at the Kabul airport. Local residents are trying to get to the territory of the air harbor in order to fly out of the country. On August 16, at least seven people were killed in the crush.
On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul, then announced the “end of the war” in Afghanistan, calling it the “liberation” of the country. The militants said they would soon announce the creation of an Islamic emirate of Afghanistan, and also demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned on the same day and left the country.