A flight with about 200 people, including some Americans, has landed in Doha, Qatar, after departing Kabul’s airport earlier Thursday, a U.S. official says. It was the first international flight to leave Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its forces at the end of August. Read full article…
The cabinet “appears primarily designed to prevent internal fractures within the movement, after weeks of heated internal discussions about power sharing” according to Haroun Rahimi, a law professor at the American University of Afghanistan.
Sept 8 (Reuters) – Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Kabul as Taliban forces reached the outskirts of the city last month, apologized on Wednesday for the abrupt fall of his government but denied that he had taken millions of dollars with him.
WASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the United States who left her post in July, is clearly horrified by the Taliban takeover of her country. But she is not surprised.
In an interview, Rahmani accused the former U.S.-backed government in Kabul of a failure to lead the country and of widespread corruption that ultimately paved the way for the Taliban’s victory last month.
Afghan female filmmakers have warned Afghanistan is at risk of losing its cultural identity. They appealed for “humanitarian corridors,” the granting of political refugee status and accommodation in Europe for Afghans.
Spain has offered itself as the EU’s hub to take in Afghans who have collaborated with its institutions over the years, as Germany said there was an emerging consensus within the bloc to also ease passage for a limited number of other people in need of protection from Taliban reprisals.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, gave reporters an overview of the last hours of the military pullout, the number of remaining American citizens and the steps the military took to avoid their equipment to fall into Taliban hands.