Afghanistan News LIVE Updates: An Indian Air Force C-17 flight with 120 Indians have taken off from Kabul this morning. Harrowing scenes have emerged from Afghanistan capital Kabul since the city fell to the Taliban and thousands of Afghans tried to flee the country in a last ditch effort before the country slipped into chaos. Men, women and children were seen rushing to the Kabul airport while some tried to cling to a US Air Force plane, only to fall to their deaths from the sky, which has become one of the most shocking visuals of the Afghanistan crisis. US President Joe Biden has meanwhile defended the decision of rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, which prompted the Taliban to recapture the country after 20 years of war. Biden has now promised $500 million emergency aid for Afghan refugees. Follow live updates on Afghanistan crisis:
Afghanistan News LIVE Updates: Harrowing scenes have emerged from Afghanistan capital Kabul since the city fell to the Taliban and thousands of Afghans tried to flee the country in a last-ditch effort before the country slipped into chaos. Men, women and children were seen rushing to the Kabul airport while some tried to cling to a US Air Force plane, only to fall to their deaths from the sky, which has become one of the most shocking visuals of the Afghanistan crisis. US President Joe Biden has meanwhile defended the decision of rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Pakistan seeks political settlement in Afghanistan in talks with US
Pakistan has emphasised the importance of an “inclusive” political settlement in Afghanistan as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and discussed the chaotic and rapidly changing situation in the war-ravaged country after the Taliban recaptured the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Will pursue relocation of Afghans seeking visa: US State Dept
US State Dept spokesperson Ned Price says, “The safety and security of US Govt. employees and citizens is our top priority. The remaining US direct hire embassy personnel, including the ambassador, have relocated to Hamid Karzai International Airport, where they are secure.”
“We also continue to pursue all options to relocate interested and qualified Afghan SIV applicants and their immediate families, as well as other vulnerable Afghans,” said Ned Price.
Ajit Doval spoke to US NSA over evacuation of Indians
As part of efforts to evacuate Indian officials and staffers from Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke with his American counterpart Jack Sullivan for a smooth evacuation. Top government sources told India Today TV that Ajit Doval had a long conversation with the American NSA regarding the evacuation, which had become difficult due to the lack of clarity about authorities on the ground.
Crowds recede from airport day after desperate bid to flee
The swarms of desperate Afghans trying to flee the country seems to have retreated a day after utter chaos erupted at the Kabul airport. According to Reuters, the number of civilians at the Kabul airport on Tuesday has gone down significantly. “Many people who were here yesterday have gone home,” an official told Reuters. The news agency, however, reported hearing occasional shots coming from the direction of the airport, while streets elsewhere in Kabul appeared calm.
German evacuation plane reaches Kabul for rescue mission
The first German evacuation plane landed in Afghanistan to rescue its nationals and also the local Afghan staff, reports Reuters. The first of three German rescue flights landed in Kabul late on Monday. The A400M was to load people to be evacuated and take them to the Uzbek capital Tashkent, said Reuters, adding that passengers would travel on a civilian aircraft from there. Earlier on Monday, a German military aircraft had to divert to Tashkent because desperate people trying to flee Afghanistan were blocking the runway in Kabul.
Malala urges world to take urgent action on Afghanistan
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was once shot at by the Taliban, said she is deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, particularly the safety of women and girls, and called on world leaders to take urgent action. Malala said US President Joe Biden “has a lot to do” and must “take a bold step” to protect the Afghan people. Malala also added that she has been trying to reach out to several global leaders.
Indian workers stranded in Kabul plead govt for help
Indian workers stranded in Kabul have requested the government to evacuate them from Afghanistan as soon as possible. “Our families are crying, we are desperate to get out of here. We called the helpline number, they have not replied yet, but have received the message,” a worker who hails from Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh told India Today.
Satellite images show how chaos unfolded at Kabul airport
A series of satellite images have emerged showing the harrowing scenes of chaos and desperation at the Kabul airport on Monday as thousands of Afghans tried to flee the country after the Taliban captured the capital city. Men, women and children were seen scrambling for help and clinging on to planes in a desperate bid to escape the Taliban rule.
Kabul couple loses 7-month-old baby in airport chaos
A couple from Kabul has claimed that their 7-month-old baby went missing from Kabul airport on Monday during the chaos as Afghans tried to flee the country. The couple has been unable to trace their baby since. Many on social media have shared images of the baby in a bid to help the couple.