Afghanistan rescue mission a go
The “first of what will be many” Australian evacuation flights left Afghanistan yesterday, PM Morrison has confirmed. The first flight took 26 people to safety, including Australian citizens and Afghans who worked with our government and their families. Reports this morning say many missed the flight because they were unable to get into the airport. Not coming our way: thousands of Afghan refugees in the same way that the UK and Canada have confirmed. Morrison said Oz will allocate 3,000 humanitarian visas from this year’s program to Afghan refugees, which is “more than double what we’ve been doing.” Meanwhile, the Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has arrived in the southern city of Kandahar to cheering crowds – his first time in Afghanistan in more than 10 years. It’s believed he will make his way to Kabul to take his place as the regime’s new President.
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