UK evacuation from Kabul to end in ‘a matter of hours’ | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The UK has stopped taking people into Kabul airport to remove them from Afghanistan, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace has said, and the evacuation process will end in “a matter of hours”. Accepting that there would be Afghan translators or others who worked with UK forces who would not get out, Wallace said these … Read more

Boris Johnson: UK will continue with final stages of Kabul airlift | Afghanistan

[ad_1] UK forces will continue with the final stages of an evacuation programme from Kabul despite a deadly suicide bombing and gun attack outside the city’s airport, Boris Johnson has said. But while the prime minister said the UK had extracted the “overwhelming majority” of UK nationals or Afghans eligible to be removed, a series … Read more

‘Total betrayal’: Afghan interpreters shocked as New Zealand ends Kabul evacuation | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Afghan interpreters left behind after New Zealand ceased its mercy flights are shocked and terrified at being stranded, saying it is a “total betrayal” by the New Zealand government. The Guardian spoke to an Afghan interpreter, Ali* who was approved for a resettlement visa in New Zealand due to fears of reprisal from the … Read more

White House in crisis mode after Islamic State attack in Kabul kills dozens | Joe Biden

[ad_1] Joe Biden is due to address the nation about the deepening crisis in Afghanistan at 5pm on Thursday after 12 US troops and at least 60 Afghan civilians were killed in an Islamic State attack in Kabul. The US president was reportedly in the situation room with his national security team when details of … Read more

‘It was like doomsday’: wait at Kabul airport descends into terror | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Another long, hot afternoon in Kabul was drawing to a close, thousands of foreigners and Afghans – many in family groups with young children – still hoping to flee the capital, thronged the heavily guarded gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, desperate to board one of the last planes out. The atmosphere was febrile: … Read more

Civilians and soldiers dead after two suicide bombs strike Kabul airport | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Two powerful suicide bombs and a gunman struck one of the main entrances to Kabul’s international airport, killing at least 13 civilians and multiple US Marines, with reports suggesting at least three, just hours after western intelligence agencies warned of an imminent and “very credible” terrorist threat. As US officials blamed the Afghan branch … Read more

Isis affiliate is prime suspect for Kabul airport suicide bombing | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The prime suspect for the suicide bombing at Kabul airport is the Isis affiliate in Afghanistan known as Islamic State Khorasan Province, ISKP or Isis-K. Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, said on Sunday there was an “acute” and “persistent” threat to the continuing evacuations from the Afghan capital from Isis-K – … Read more

Afghans who risked their lives for Britain are being abandoned to a terrible fate | Mary Fitzgerald

[ad_1] As the Taliban started searching their neighbourhood, Abdul and his wife began to hide with different relatives across Kabul. One night they narrowly escaped, fleeing through a back door. Abdul is still carrying the job records and ID documents that could be their only ticket out. But if the Taliban find them first, those … Read more

Women’s rights will be respected ‘within the limits of Islam’, say Taliban – video | World news

[ad_1] The Taliban said they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women ‘within the limits of Islam’, as they held their first press conference since seizing Kabul. During their rule between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban implemented their own strict interpretation of sharia law, preventing women from working and … Read more

Afghanistan: US and allies warn of ‘high’ terror threat at Kabul airport | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The United States has warned crowds trying to access Kabul airport to leave the area, as Britain and Australia cited the “high threat” of a terrorist attack. All three countries asked that people no longer attempt to travel to the airport, a distressing call as people with practically no other means of escape from … Read more