The Taliban plan to make Kabul airport operational as soon as possible. A team of aviation experts have reached Kabul in Afghanistan to help them do the same.
Earlier on Wednesday, a Qatari aircraft carrying a technical team landed in Kabul to discuss the resumption of airport operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
“While no final agreement has been reached regarding providing technical assistance, Qatar’s technical team has initiated this discussion based on the other sides’ request. Talks are still ongoing at the level of security and operation,” the source said.
The goal is to resume flights for both humanitarian aid to flow into Afghanistan and to provide freedom of movement, including the resumption of evacuation efforts, the source stated.
WESTERN FORCES DAMAGED AIRPORT: TALIBAN
Meanwhile, senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani said the group intends to restore Kabul airport to its original form after it was damaged by Western forces during their evacuation mission. He said operations from the facility would resume soon.
US COMPLETES TROOP WITHDRAWAL
On August 31, the US completed its withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and wound up its evacuations from Kabul airport. About two weeks earlier, the Taliban had taken control of the country and the previous regime had collapsed.
More than 1,23,000 foreign nationals and Afghans have fled the country in airlift operations since the Taliban takeover. But there are still more people desperate to depart, as per reports.
TALIBAN TAKE CONTROL OF AIRPORT
According to US officials, Kabul airport is not in good condition and a lot of its basic infrastructure has been degraded or destroyed.
On Tuesday, Taliban fighters took control of Kabul airport and celebrated with gunfire after the last of the US forces left Kabul following a two-decade war.
US troops disabled 73 aircraft, weapons systems before leaving Kabul, then the Taliban came
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