Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis News Today August 28 Highlights: The crisis is deepening further in Afghanistan with every passing day. Those still stuck in Afghanistan are racing against time as the evacuation deadline of August 31 comes closer. In less than 48 hours after a suicide bombing by ISIS-K killed at least 13 US soldiers and 169 Afghan civilians, the US has launched a drone strike against an Islamic State attack “planner” in eastern Afghanistan. The US President Joe Biden on Thursday said that the perpetrators cannot hide, and he vowed to strike back at the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate. “We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said after the ISIS-K bombing in Kabul.
After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15, many are trying to flee the country as the future is still unclear. As the situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan, several nations intensified evacuation efforts. In fact, the Kabul attack forced countries to speed up their evacuation efforts. Several countries like Turkey and Spain have reached the completion of airlifting operations. The US has so far evacuated over 110,000 people from Afghanistan. The Taliban has rejected the offer to extend the August 31 deadline for evacuation.
But what happens to those who are still in Kabul? There are already reports of the Taliban fighters conducting surveys and making a list. The Taliban gunmen have erected 15 check-posts on the way to the Kabul Airport. The situation is already very critical. It is anybody’s guess as to what will happen to those practically living under the sky for so many days once the Western forces leave Afghanistan.
In the meanwhile, the evacuation of civilians at Kabul airport is continuing at a “very fast pace”, said a Western Official.
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