Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Highlights: 13 dead in 2 suicide attacks outside Kabul airport; Attack ‘definitely believed to be’ carried out by Islamic State, says US official

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Taliban Afghanistan Crisis Latest Highlights, Kabul Airport Attack, Kabul Latest Updates August 26 today: Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. At least 13 people were killed and 15 wounded, Russian officials said.

A US official said the complex attack was “definitely believed” to have been carried out by the Islamic State group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan grew out of disaffected Taliban members who hold an even more extreme view of Islam.

At least 13 people died and 15 were wounded, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which gave the first official casualty count. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also confirmed the blasts, saying one was near an airport entrance and another was a short distance away by a hotel.

Earlier in the day, as thousands of Afghans continue to flock to the Hamid Karzai International Airport ahead of the August 31st deadline in a hope of miraculous rescue by Western forces, the US has issued an alert for its citizens in and around Afghan capital city Kabul. In an alert issued today, the US Embassy says that the Americans should avoid the airport and those who have already reached the airport should leave ‘immediately’. The alert comes a day after US President Joe Biden had spoken about the imminent ISIS threat during his G7 meeting. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force’s special flight is set to bring back another batch of evacuees from Kabul today.

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    22:58 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: A number of US service members were killed in today's complex attack at Kabul airport, says Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby

    A number of US service members were killed in today's complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds. A number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack: Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby 

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    22:42 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    NATO chief slams Kabul airport terrorist attack

    NATO chief has condemned the twin suicide bombings at the Kabul airport as a "horrific terrorist attack" that targeted desperate Afghans trying to leave the country and the alliance's efforts to evacuate them from Afghanistan.  Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter after the explosions on Thursday: "I strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack outside #Kabul airport. My thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones. Our priority remains to evacuate as many people to safety as quickly as possible."The bombings struck outside Kabul's airport, where large crowds of people trying to flee Afghanistan have massed, killing at least 13 people and wounding 15, according to Russian officials. Western nations had warned earlier in the day of a possible attack at the airport in the waning days of a massive airlift. (AP)

    22:28 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: U.S. officials eye possible additional attacks Kabul airport

    U.S. officials said on Thursday they were concerned that further attacks could occur at Kabul airport following earlier twin blasts by suspected suicide bombers. (Reuters)

    22:10 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Emergency hospital in Kabul says around 60 wounded people have arrived so far from airport explosions

    Emergency hospital in Kabul says around 60 wounded people have arrived so far from airport explosions: Reuters

    21:35 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: US official says attack outside Kabul airport is 'definitely believed to be' carried out by Islamic State

    US official says attack outside Kabul airport is 'definitely believed to be' carried out by the Islamic State group. (AP) 

    21:24 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack, says Pentagon official
    We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate. We will continue to update. 
     
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    21:10 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: French ambassador to leave Afghanistan, work from Paris, says French President Emmanuel Macron

    French ambassador to leave Afghanistan, work from Paris. France will try to evacuate 'several hundred' more Afghans from Kabul:  French President Emmanuel Macron. (AFP)

    20:57 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties, says Pentagon official
    We can confirm that the explosion near the Abbey Gate of the Kabul airport has resulted in an unknown number of casualties. We will continue to update. 
     
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    20:39 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Blast outside Kabul airport kills at least 13, including children, Taliban official says

    A suspected suicide bomb exploded outside Kabul airport on Thursday, killing at least 13 people including children, a Taliban official said, after the United States and allies urged Afghans to leave the area because of a threat by Islamic State.

    The official said many Taliban guards were wounded.A U.S. official said U.S. service members were among the wounded, adding he was citing an initial report and cautioning that it could change. He said there were casualties but did not know how many or of what nationality.

    Thousands of people have been gathering outside the airport in recent days. Western troops are racing to evacuate foreigners and Afghans who helped Western countries during the 20-year war against the Taliban, and to get out themselves by an Aug. 31 deadline.

    Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said there had been an explosion and it was unclear if there were any casualties. A Western diplomat in Kabul earlier said areas outside the airport gates were "incredibly crowded" again despite the warnings of a potential attack.

    There were few details yet of the attack, but Western countries have been warning of a potential attack by Islamic State militants.

    The Taliban, whose fighters are guarding the perimeter outside the airport, are enemies of the Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region.

    "Our guards are also risking their lives at Kabul airport, they face a threat too from the Islamic State group," said a Taliban official, who spoke on condition of anonymity and before the reports of the explosion.

    U.S. President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion, according to a White House official. Biden was in a meeting with security officials about the situation in Afghanistan when the explosion was first reported, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    The concerns about an attack came against a chaotic backdrop in Kabul, where the massive airlift of foreign nationals and their families as well as some Afghans has been under way since the day before the Taliban captured the city on Aug. 15, capping a lightning advance across the country as U.S. and allied troops withdrew. (Reuters)

    20:20 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Kabul airport explosion appears to be suicide attack, U.S. officials say

    An explosion outside Kabul's airport amid a huge evacuation effort from Afghanistan appeared to be caused by a suicide bomb, U.S. officials said on Thursday,  citing an initial report and cautioning that it could change.

    Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby confirmed in a Twitter post that there had been an explosion outside the airport in Afghanistan's capital.

    A U.S. official told Reuters there were casualties from the explosion, but said it was unclear how many people were hurt. As many as three U.S. service members were among those injured, the official said, citing initial information.

    Two U.S. officials said it appeared to be a suicide bombing.

    A massive airlift of foreign nationals and their families as well as some Afghans has been under way since the day before Taliban forces captured Kabul on Aug. 15, capping a swift advance across the country as U.S. and allied troops withdrew.

    President Joe Biden has been briefed on the explosion, according to a White House official. Biden was in a meeting with security officials about the situation in Afghanistan, where the United States is in the final steps of ending its 20-year war, when the explosion was first reported, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    The United States has been racing to carry out the airlift before its military is set to fully withdraw from the country on Aug. 31.

    In an alert issued on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul had advised citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and said those already at the gates should leave immediately, citing unspecified "security threats.

    A Western diplomat in Kabul said that areas outside the airport gates had been "incredibly crowded" again despite the warnings.

    The United States and its allies have mounted one of the biggest air evacuations in history, bringing out about 95,700 people, including 13,400 on Wednesday, the White House said on Thursday. (Reuters)

    20:08 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Kabul airport blast kills at least 13, including children - Taliban official

    An explosion outside Kabul airport killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded many Taliban guards, a Taliban official told Reuters.

    19:52 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Shots fired near to where Italian military plane left Kabul

    Afghan forces fired into the air to disperse crowds near Kabul airport on Thursday and not at a departing Italian military transport plane, as originally reported, a government source said, quoting intelligence assessments.

    Earlier, a defence source in Rome said the C-130 transporter, carrying almost 100 Afghan civilians, had come under fire minutes after take off from Kabul.

    There was no immediate official comment on the incident.

    An Italian journalist told Sky TG 24 that she had been aboard the plane along with 98 Afghan civilians when it appeared to be targeted by machine gun fire.

    "The pilot reacted promptly and implemented manoeuvres to avoid being hit within minutes of taking off from Kabul. There was a bit of panic," said the journalist.

    Italy is one of a number of countries looking to evacuate thousands of foreigners and Afghans following the collapse of a Western-backed government in Kabul and the arrival of Taliban forces into the city. (Reuters) 

    19:34 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport, says Pentagon official
    We can confirm an explosion outside Kabul airport. Casualties are unclear at this time. We will provide additional details when we can. 
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    19:26 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Situation in Afghanistan "extremely complex", says former prime minister H D Deve Gowda

    Situation in Afghanistan "extremely complex", India has to explore independent and meaningful role in region, instead of playing part roles set by other nations, says former prime minister H D Deve Gowda (ANI)

    19:13 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Canada ends Afghanistan evacuation operations

    Canada ends Afghanistan evacuation operations (AFP)

    18:53 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Security threat at Kabul airport 'imminent', says US diplomat

    The security threat that prompted the State Department to urge Americans to move away from the perimeter of the Kabul airport was credible and urgent, the acting U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday. Speaking to ABC News from Kabul, Ross Wilson said he could not discuss specifics of the threat or its current status. (AP)

    18:43 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Hundreds of displaced families seek food and shelter in Kabul

    Hundreds of Afghan families who have been camping in searing heat at a Kabul park after the Taliban overran their provinces begged for food and shelter on Thursday, the most visible face of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in the war-torn country.The Taliban's swift takeover of Afghanistan this month, culminating in the capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, has thrown the country into turmoil.While thousands of people have crowded the airport https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/western-nations-race-complete-afghan-evacuation-deadline-looms-2021-08-25 to try to flee, many others, like the families in the park, are stuck in limbo, unsure whether it is safer to try to go home or stay where they are. (Reuters)

    18:21 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Canada halts Afghanistan evacuations as deadline looms

    Canada has ended evacuations from Kabul's airport, a Canadian general said on Thursday, as the clock ticks down on dramatic Western efforts to help people flee the Taliban takeover ahead of a full American withdrawal. General Wayne Eyre, the country's acting chief of Defence Staff, said all the other countries have to leave the airport before the Americans can wrap up their mission. Canadian military flights evacuated about 3,700 people. "We stayed in Afghanistan for as long as we could. We were amongst the last to cease evacuation operations. We wish we could have stayed longer and rescued everyone who was so desperate to leave. That we could not is truly heartbreaking, but the circumstances on the ground rapidly deteriorated," Eyre said. (AP)

    18:02 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: US says up to 1,500 Americans await airlift as threats grow

    The United States says as many as 1,500 Americans may be awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan amid growing warnings Thursday of terrorist threats targeting the Kabul airport as President Joe Biden's deadline for withdrawing troops fast approaches. Untold thousands of at-risk Afghans are struggling to get into the airport even as many thousands of other Afghans already had been flown to safety in nearly two weeks of round-the-clock flights. The airlift continued Thursday despite warnings of vehicle-borne bomb threats near the airport. The White House said 13,400 people had been evacuated in the 24 hours that ended early Thursday morning Washington time. That included 5,100 people aboard U.S. military planes and 8,300 on coalition and partner aircraft. That was a substantial drop from the 19,000 airlifted by all means the day before. (AP)

    17:47 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: EU says still working in Kabul on evacuations

    The European Union still has a skeleton staff in Kabul working to evacuate people as the end of airlifts from the chaotic airport looms. A number of European nations have said that they are ending their evacuation efforts ahead of the August 31 deadline for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. (AP)

    17:30 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Russia says it will study Taliban's actions before deciding on recognition

    Russia has yet to determine its position towards the Taliban, and will see how they act toward the Afghan population and Russian diplomats, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson said on Thursday."We think that the Taliban's dominance, the de facto rise to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan and them taking most over the country under their control is de facto an accomplished process," Dmitry Peskov told a briefing. He said Moscow now wanted to see how this would translate into the security situation for the Afghan people and Russian diplomats in the country. Moscow is interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan and will likely continue contacts with Washington on issues arising there, he added. (Reuters)

    17:17 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: About 13,400 people evacuated from Afghanistan on Wednesday

    Roughly 13,400 people were airlifted from Afghanistan on Wednesday, raising the total number of those evacuated by the U.S. and coalition partners since Aug. 14 to about 95,700, the White House said on Thursday. (Reuters)

    17:06 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Pak PM Imran Khan calls on international community for positive engagement with Afghanistan

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan and asked the international community for positive engagement with Kabul as a way forward to avert any humanitarian crisis and ensure peace and stability in the war-ravaged country. Khan made the comments during his meeting with Executive Director of United Nations World Food Program (WFP) David Beasley here. During the meeting, they discussed ways of facilitating the continued provision of humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. (PTI)

    16:29 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Toymaker Lego to donate for vulnerable Afghans

    The foundation created by toymaker Lego and its parent company say they will donate 100 million kroner ($16 million) to support vulnerable children in Haiti and Afghanistan. ‘The humanitarian crises that are happening in Haiti and Afghanistan are unimaginable and only intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic,’ said Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the LEGO Foundation. Since May 2021, more than 500,000 people have been displaced in Afghanistan. As for Haiti, the Aug. 14 violent earthquake that was followed by a tropical storm ‘has left half-a-million Haitian children with limited or no access to shelter, safe water, health care, and nutrition.’ ‘With COVID-19 still (being) an imminent threat to the health and safety of Haiti's population, the loss and damage associated with these most recent natural disasters only further compounds the dire situation so many children and families are experiencing,’ they said in a joint statement. - AP

    16:01 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Kremlin says to study Taliban's actions before deciding on recognition

    Russia has yet to determine its position towards the Taliban, and will see how they act toward the Afghan population and Russian diplomats, President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson said on Thursday.Moscow is interested in peace and stability in Afghanistan and will likely continue contacts with Washington on issues arising there, Dmitry Peskov told a briefing. – Reuters

    15:32 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Qatar offering COVID vaccines to Afghanistan evacuees yet to transit

    Qatar is offering COVID-19 vaccines to evacuees from Afghanistan who are temporarily staying in the Gulf Arab state, which has been facilitating global evacuation efforts since the Taliban seized Kabul, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.Qatar, which hosts the largest U.S. military base in the region, has so far helped evacuate more than 40,000 people to Doha and will continue to facilitate international efforts in "the coming days", the ministry said in a statement.Those who do not immediately transit to other countries are being provided with a PCR test and COVID-19 vaccine, if requested, it said, adding that Doha is temporarily hosting "a large number of evacuees most of them students, families and journalists".Pressure to complete moving out thousands of foreigners and Afghans who helped Western countries during the 20-year war against the Taliban has intensified, with all U.S. and allied troops due to leave the airport next week.Qatar has also agreed with the United States to temporarily host 8,000 Afghan nationals while the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have both said they would host 5,000. – Reuters

    14:57 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live:Last Dutch evacuation flight out of Afghanistan expected Thursday

    The Dutch government said it expects to carry out its last evacuation flight out of Afghanistan on Thursday, leaving some who are eligible to leave behind, and called on citizens not to go to Kabul airport due to a deteriorating security situation."The Netherlands has been informed by the United States that it has to depart today and will most likely perform the last flights later today," the government said in a letter to parliament."This is a painful moment because it means that despite all the great efforts of the past period, people who are eligible for evacuation to the Netherlands will be left behind."Dutch evacuees can no longer be assisted in and around the airport due to the security situation and are "strongly recommended not to come to the airport," it said. – Reuters

    14:07 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Evacuating Indian personnel top priority: Govt at all-party meet

    Evacuating Indian personnel from Afghanistan, where the situation is "critical", was a top priority, the government said on Thursday at the all-party meet, convened to brief on the Afghan situation. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power there last week. Besides Jaishankar, Union minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were also present during the briefing in the Parliament House Annexe. India was trying to evacuate as many people as possible from Afghanistan, the minister said and asserted that evacuating Indian personnel was a "top priority", according to some of the participants at the meeting. The government also described the situation in the war-torn country as "critical" and said the Taliban has broken the promises made in the Doha agreement. - PTI

    13:26 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Hungary's two military planes have left Afghanistan - defence ministry

    Hungary's two military passenger planes and all its troops taking part in evacuations have left Afghanistan and returned safely to Hungary, the Hungarian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday that Hungary's evacuation flights from Afghanistan were nearing an end after the central European country airlifted more than 500 people from Kabul. – Reuters

    13:25 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: France set to stop Afghanistan evacuations from Friday evening onwards - PM Castex

    France will no longer be able to evacuate people from Afghanistan from Friday evening onwards, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told RTL radio."We are going to continue until tomorrow evening," said Castex on Thursday.The United States and allies urged people to move away from Kabul airport on Thursday due to the threat of a terror attack by Islamic State militants as Western troops hurry to evacuate as many people as possible before an Aug. 31 deadline.Pressure to complete the evacuations of thousands of foreigners and Afghans who helped Western countries during the 20-year war against the Taliban has intensified, with all U.S. and allied troops due to leave the airport next week. – Reuters

    13:18 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live:French President Macron discussed Afghan crisis with Tajik president

    French President Emmanuel Macron discussed the crisis in Afghanistan with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, and Macron will host Rakhmon at a meeting in France on Oct, 13, a statement from Macron's office said.Tajikistan will not recognise an Afghan government that is not inclusive and representative of all its ethnic groups, Rakhmon said on Wednesday, accusing the Taliban of failing to fulfil their promise of inclusivity. – Reuters

    13:12 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: -UK sees very credible threat of imminent ISIS Kabul airport attack

    There is "very, very credible" intelligence that Islamic State militants are planning an imminent attack on those gathering at Kabul airport in an attempt to flee Afghanistan, British armed forces minister James Heappey said on Thursday.Late on Wednesday, Britain's foreign ministry advised people not to travel to the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport where thousands are waiting for flights out of the country ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline when the United States and its allies will pull out their remaining troops.Heappey confirmed that intelligence of a possible suicide bomb attack by IS militants had become "much firmer"."There is now very, very credible reporting of an imminent attack, and hence why the Foreign Office advice was changed last night, that people should not come to Kabul Airport, they should move to a safe place and await further instructions," Heappey told BBC radio.- Reuters

    13:11 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: G20 must make sure Afghan women preserve freedoms and rights-Italy's Draghi

    Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Thursday the Group of 20 major economies must be committed to making sure women preserve fundamental freedoms and basic rights in the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan."The G20 must do all it can to ensure that Afghan women preserve their fundamental freedoms and basic rights, especially the right to education. Progress made over the past twenty years must be preserved," Draghi said in opening remarks at the G20 Conference on Women's Empowerment. – Reuters

    12:21 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Modi Govt briefs political leaders on Afghan situation

    The government on Thursday briefed leaders of political parties on the situation in Afghanistan. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar briefed the leaders on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power there last week. Besides Jaishankar, Union minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi are also present during the briefing in Parliament House annexe. Apart from India's evacuation mission from Afghanistan, the ministers are also expected to share the government's assessment of the situation in the war-torn country. - PTI

    12:20 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Afghanistan's Tokyo Games Paralympians safely evacuated, says IPC

    Afghanistan's two para-athletes, who were forced to pull out of the Tokyo Paralympics because of Taliban's takeover of their country, have been safely evacuated, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said but declined to comment on their whereabouts. The two taekwondo athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, were due to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics but were forced out of the Games after the Taliban's takeover trapped them in their own country. When asked about the athletes and the possibility they will compete at the Games, IPC spokesman Craig Spence said, "The situation hasn't changed." "We displayed the flag in the Opening Ceremony as a sign of solidarity. The two athletes are outside of Afghanistan now, they've been evacuated. We know where they are," he added at the daily press briefing. - PTI

    11:36 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Over 82K people evacuated from Afghanistan so far, says Blinken

    The US has so far evacuated over 82,000 people from Kabul, with about 19,000 in the last 24 hours alone, in "one of the largest" airlifts in the world history, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said. Starting on August 14, the day when the Taliban toppled the US-backed Afghanistan government, there were 6,000 American citizens in the war-torn country who wanted to leave. Over the last 10 days, roughly 4,500 of these Americans have been safely evacuated along with their immediate family members, Blinken told reporters here on Wednesday. ‘Since August 14th, more than 82,300 people have been safely flown out of Kabul. In the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday, approximately 19,000 people were evacuated on 90 US military and coalition flights. Only the US could organise and execute a mission of this scale and this complexity,’ he said. Blinken said, "This is one of the largest airlifts in history, a massive military, diplomatic, security, and humanitarian undertaking." - PTI

    11:35 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live:Afghan under watch in France convicted for trip into town

    n Afghan evacuee under surveillance in France for possible indirect links to the Taliban was convicted and given a suspended sentence Wednesday for leaving the hotel where he was restricted and travelling to Paris. The man, identified only as Ahmat M, was among five evacuees suspected of direct or indirect links with the Taliban, but not the principle suspect. He was arrested Monday in Paris after leaving the hotel east of the capital where all five men were confined along with family members. Ahmat M was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence at the urgent court hearing Wednesday, just days after his arrival in France. The prosecutor had sought a 12-month sentence with six months suspended for failing to respect an administrative surveillance order. The maximum possible sentence was three years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($52,875) fine if convicted, the prosecutor's office said. - AP

    11:34 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Journalist beaten up in Kabul

    Tolo News, a prominent media channel in Kabul, has tweeted that one of its journalists was brutally beaten up by the Taliban fighters in the Afghan capital today. In the report, Tolo News says that the reporter, identified as  Ziar Khan Yaad was thrashed at the Haji Yaqub intersection by the Taliban gunmen. The report says that there was no provocation and the journalist was brutally beaten up for reporting on issues such as unemployment etc.  Yaad took to Twitter to narrate his horrific experience.

    10:28 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Australia issues security alert at Kabul airport

    Australia on Thursday advised its citizens in Afghanistan not to travel to Kabul's airport, where there as a ‘very high threat of a terrorist attack.’ Australians in the airport's vicinity were advised to move to a safe location and await further advice. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the travel advice was consistent with revised British and New Zealand advice. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned American citizens away from three specific airport gates over an unspecified security issue. Australia has helped evacuated around 4,000 people from the airport since Wednesday last week including 1,200 overnight, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. AP

    09:19 (IST)26 Aug 2021
    Afghanistan Taliban Crisis Live: Taliban strengthened access and control around Kabul airport: Pentagon

    The Taliban have strengthened their measures of access and control around the Kabul airport, the Pentagon has said. The Hamid Karzai International Airport is the only access point for the international community to reach out to people in Afghanistan, a land locked country. ‘The Taliban have bolstered their own security at their checkpoints and have gotten involved in crowd control...every day is a different day, and yesterday we estimated that crowds were about half the size they had been the previous days,’ Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. - PTI

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