/ 31 August 2021

America’s 20 years in Afghanistan ends today

Kabul Afghanistan airport evacuation US troops AFP 000_9LK24W

As the deadline for withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan is reached today, things remain tense at Kabul airport. Islamic State have fired rockets targeting US troops as the last evacuation flights take off – so far that hasn’t stopped operations. In total, ​​the airlift has taken more than 116,000 people out of the country since 14 August, mostly Afghan citizens. Thousands have been left behind, reports say, so it’s interesting to hear that the Taliban will allow foreign nationals and Afghan citizens with visas to enter another country to leave. That’s according to a joint statement issued by almost 100 nations yesterday, including Australia. Whether the promise will be kept, insert shrugging lady emoji… Exactly how America’s departure will go down today has not been disclosed by officials, but reports say Taliban fighters are stationed near the main runway, ready to take control. #SquizShortcut

Image source: AFP

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