Afghanistan Live Updates: The United States Occupation Is Over


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The final vestiges of the American presence in Afghanistan have departed Kabul airport, U.S. army officers stated Monday, ending an occupation that resulted in an entire takeover of the nation by the adversary the U.S. army spent 20 years preventing.

In current days, American army leaders stated the United States would proceed evacuation efforts and absolutely withdraw no later than Aug. 31, the deadline set by President Biden earlier this summer season. But these efforts have been wrapped up a full day early.

Evacuation flights ended on Monday, and the army completed packing all the things it supposed to fly out of the airport onto transport planes earlier than loading the remaining service members onto planes.

The final C-17, with the decision signal MOOSE 88, departed at midnight native time carrying the final remaining American forces, a U.S. army official stated.

“Tonight’s withdrawal signifies both the end of the military component of the evacuation, but also the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after Sept. 11, 2001,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the top of the army’s Central Command, stated Monday.

“No words from me could possibly capture the full measure of sacrifices and accomplishments of those who served,” he stated.

General McKenzie stated the final Air Force C-17 took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport at 11:59 p.m. native time on Monday. It cleared Afghan air house a number of minutes later, on Tuesday, Aug. 31, two U.S. army officers stated.

Senior commanders made the choice just a few days in the past to depart unannounced roughly 24 hours earlier than the withdrawal deadline, two army officers stated. Commanders needed to construct in some cushion in case there have been safety challenges or a airplane broke down on the final minute that delayed the ultimate departures. Stormy climate forecast for components of Monday and Tuesday was additionally a consideration.

There have been additionally considerations that a whole lot of Afghans might attempt to swarm the airfield in desperation on the final day, in a grim repeat of the chaos set off by the preliminary flights that left the Kabul airport after the capital fell on Aug. 15.

The dangers posed by another day of potential assaults by the Islamic State additionally loomed giant, the officers stated.

The Afghan commandos — the remnants of the Afghan safety pressure — who have been serving to the Americans on the airport have been among the many final to be evacuated, together with their households, General McKenzie stated. A Defense official stated individually that the Afghan commandos have been on one of many final planes out.

As the final components of the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations forces boarded their grey Air Force C-17s, the safety cordon across the airfield grew tighter — “like the Alamo,” stated one army official monitoring the ultimate hours — till the final transport airplane was aloft.

Control of the airport was left within the palms of the Taliban, who stated they have been nonetheless engaged on the form of their new authorities.

A senior Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, took to Twitter early Tuesday and declared: “Our country has achieved a full independence, thanks to God.”

Just a few hundred Afghans have been ready outdoors the airport perimeter on Monday night, however have been stored at a distance by Taliban fighters guarding the realm. About 1,200 folks had been airlifted from Kabul within the earlier 24 hours, a White House spokeswoman said early Monday morning.

But that leaves behind at least 100,000 people, by one estimate, and probably many extra who is likely to be eligible for an expedited U.S. visa and who dread staying in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Many are former interpreters for the U.S. army who’re in some stage of the method to obtain a Special Immigrant Visa, and who concern they’re at quick danger of being killed.

The United States and 97 different nations stated on Sunday that they’d proceed to soak up folks fleeing Afghanistan and had secured an settlement with the Taliban to permit protected passage for individuals who are leaving.

The Taliban’s chief negotiator, Sher Mohammed Abas Stanekzai, introduced on Friday that the group wouldn’t cease folks from departing, irrespective of their nationality or whether or not they had labored for the United States throughout the 20-year conflict.

Though whether or not the Taliban will uphold that dedication, and when the airport might reopen for industrial flights, was unsure.

Jim Huylebroek contributed reporting.

Samia Ahmadi, right, whose father and fiancé were both killed on Sunday in a U.S. drone strike on a house in Kabul, Afghanistan. 
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Hours after a U.S. army drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, Defense Department officers stated that it had blown up a car laden with explosives, eliminating a risk to Kabul’s airport from the Islamic State Khorasan group.

But at a household house in Kabul on Monday, survivors and neighbors stated the strike had killed 10 folks, together with seven youngsters, an help employee for an American charity group and a contractor with the U.S. army.

Zemari Ahmadi, who labored for the charity group Nutrition and Education International, was on his approach house from work after dropping off colleagues on Sunday night, in line with family and colleagues interviewed in Kabul.

As he pulled into the slender avenue the place he lived together with his three brothers and their households, the kids, seeing his white Toyota Corolla, ran outdoors to greet him. Some clambered aboard on the street, others gathered round as he pulled the automobile into the courtyard of their house.

It was then that they are saying the drone struck.

At the time of the assault, the Corolla was in a slender courtyard inside a walled household compound. Its doorways have been blown out, and its home windows shattered.

Mr. Ahmadi and among the youngsters have been killed inside his automobile; others have been fatally wounded in adjoining rooms, relations stated. An Afghan official confirmed that three of the useless youngsters have been transferred by ambulance from the house on Sunday.

Journalists on the scene for The New York Times have been unable to independently confirm the household’s account.

Mr. Ahmadi’s daughter Samia, 21, was inside when she was struck by the blast wave. “At first I thought it was the Taliban,” she stated. “But the Americans themselves did it.”

Samia stated she staggered outdoors, choking, and noticed the our bodies of her siblings and family. “I saw the whole scene,” she stated. “There were burnt pieces of flesh everywhere.”

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U.S. Investigating Civilian Casualties in Kabul Strike

Pentagon officers acknowledged the potential of civilian casualties in Kabul, Afghanistan, following a U.S. army drone strike on a car they stated was carrying explosives associated to an ISIS-Ok risk on the airport.

On Sunday, U.S. army forces performed an unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike on a car identified to be an imminent ISIS-Ok risk. This self-defense strike efficiently hit the goal close to Kabul airport. Significant secondary explosions from the focused car indicated the presence of a considerable quantity of explosive materials. We are conscious of reviews of civilian casualties and we take these reviews very severely and we’re persevering with to evaluate the scenario. Make no mistake, no army on the face of the Earth works more durable to keep away from civilian casualties than the United States army. And no person needs to see harmless life taken. We take it very, very severely. And once we know that we’ve got precipitated harmless life to be misplaced within the conduct of our operations, we’re clear about it. We’re investigating this. I’m not going to get forward of it. But if we’ve got, you already know, verifiable info that we did, in actual fact, take harmless life right here, then we can be clear about that, too. Nobody needs to see that occur. But you already know what else we didn’t wish to see occur? We didn’t wish to see occur what we consider to be a really actual, a really particular and a really imminent risk to the Hamid Karzai International Airport and to our troops working at that airport, in addition to civilians round it and in it.

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Pentagon officers acknowledged the potential of civilian casualties in Kabul, Afghanistan, following a U.S. army drone strike on a car they stated was carrying explosives associated to an ISIS-Ok risk on the airport.CreditCredit…U.S. Network Pool

The Pentagon acknowledged the likelihood that Afghan civilians had been killed within the drone strike, however steered that any civilian deaths resulted from the detonation of explosives within the car that was focused.

“We’re not in a position to dispute it,” John F. Kirby, the chief Pentagon spokesman stated Monday about reviews on the bottom of civilian casualties. He repeated earlier Pentagon statements that the army was investigating the strike on a car two miles from Hamid Karzai International Airport.

“No military on the face of the earth works harder to avoid civilian casualties than the United States military,” Mr. Kirby stated. “We take it very, very seriously. And when we know that we have caused innocent life to be lost in the conduct of our operations, we’re transparent about it.”

Among the useless was Samia’s fiancé, Ahmad Naser, 30, a former military officer and contractor with the U.S. army who had come from Herat, in western Afghanistan, within the hopes of being evacuated from Kabul.

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Footage confirmed the positioning of a U.S. army drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. The strike focused a car carrying explosives, a Defense Department official stated.CreditCredit…EPA, through Shutterstock

A spokesman for the U.S. Central Command stated on Sunday that the U.S. army had carried out a drone strike towards an Islamic State Khorasan car planning to assault the airport. The group had claimed accountability for the suicide bombing at the airport on Thursday.

On Monday, Capt. Bill Urban, the spokesman, reaffirmed an earlier assertion that the army hit a legitimate goal, an explosives-laden car.

Mr. Ahmadi was a technical engineer for the native workplace of Nutrition and Education International, an American nonprofit based mostly in Pasadena, Calif. His neighbors and family insisted that the engineer and his relations, lots of whom had labored for the Afghan safety forces, had no connection to any terrorist group.

They supplied paperwork associated to his lengthy employment with the American charity, in addition to Mr. Naser’s utility for a Special Immigrant Visa, based mostly on his service as a guard at Camp Lawton, in Herat.

“He was well respected by his colleagues and compassionate towards the poor and needy,” Steven Kwon, the president of NEI, stated of Mr. Ahmadi in an e-mail. He wrote that Mr. Ahmadi had only recently “prepared and delivered soy-based meals to hungry women and children at local refugee camps in Kabul.”

Najim Rahim, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt contributed reporting.

Taliban fighters investigating a damaged car after multiple rockets were fired in Kabul on Monday.
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In the ultimate hours of the American army presence in Afghanistan, hope dwindled among the many Afghans searching for to flee the nation through the worldwide airport in Kabul, the point of interest of the U.S. evacuation effort because the Taliban takeover of the town simply over two weeks in the past.

As the U.S. army races towards a Tuesday deadline to withdraw from America’s longest conflict, sporadic violence has been reported within the Afghan capital, underscoring the perils forward for a rustic already buffeted by insecurity, a humanitarian disaster and a terrorist risk.

After days of chaos on the airport as 1000’s scrambled to depart the nation, by Monday night a way of calm and resignation had descended.

Just a few hundred folks have been ready outdoors the airport perimeter, however have been stored at a major distance by Taliban fighters guarding the realm. Just a few planes — principally C-17s, giant army transport plane — took off and turned west into the setting solar. Around 1,200 folks had been airlifted from Kabul within the earlier 24 hours, a White House spokeswoman said early Monday morning.

American fighter jets and drones might be seen circling overhead. Taliban fighters stated they have been getting ready for the likelihood that the American troops could be passed by day’s finish, hours earlier than the deadline.

The U.S. army shot down rockets aimed on the Kabul airport earlier on Monday, a day after it stated that one among its drones had struck a car stuffed with explosives. The U.S. has warned that extra assaults just like the one final week outdoors the airport, which killed practically 200 folks, are doable earlier than it withdraws.

The Islamic State Khorasan, an ISIS affiliate often called ISIS-Ok, claimed accountability for that bombing, which additionally killed U.S. troops. The group claimed accountability for Monday’s rocket fireplace, too, in line with The Associated Press.

Thousands of Afghans who had hoped for a approach in a foreign country are going through the truth that they’re unlikely to seek out one earlier than the withdrawal ends.

One former interpreter for U.S. Special Forces, who requested to be recognized solely by his nickname, Mike, had approval for a Special Immigrant Visa however was unable to get into the airport. The visa program was created to supply a fast strategy to convey Afghan interpreters and contractors to security within the United States, however many can be unable to fly out as half of the present evacuation.

“I’m still in Kabul, and I don’t know what to do,” Mike stated in a telephone interview. “Of course we are disappointed that we’re left behind. We have sacrificed a lot.”

He described the frustration of realizing that many others had left with out the identical documentation, and his concern of returning house to a village the place everybody is aware of he labored for the Americans.

“We wake up in the middle of the night and think about what’s going to happen to our life and to our children,” he stated.

The control room at Tolo television, a broadcaster in Kabul.
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Over the previous 20 years, the Afghan broadcaster Tolo has been identified for provocative applications like “Burka Avenger,” wherein an animated superheroine uses martial arts to conquer villains making an attempt to close down a ladies’ college.

Millions of Afghans have additionally tuned in to its racy Turkish cleaning soap operas, its common “6 P.M. News” and the truth present “Afghan Star,” that includes feminine singers dancing energetically on Afghanistan’s model of “American Idol.”

Since the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Aug. 15, nevertheless, Tolo’s regular lineup has been supplemented by one thing else: academic programming about Islamic morality. Whether its menu of pop music and feminine tv hosts survive within the Taliban’s new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan can be a barometer of the insurgents’ tolerance for dissenting views and values.

“To be honest, I’m still surprised we are up and running,” stated Saad Mohseni, Tolo’s co-owner, an Australian-Afghan former funding banker who began Moby Group, which owns Tolo, in 2002. “We know what the Taliban stand for.”

Keen to achieve worldwide legitimacy, the Taliban have been searching for to rebrand themselves as extra average since they stormed Kabul, providing former rivals amnesty and urging girls to affix the federal government. They have vowed to assist media freedom, on the situation that shops subscribe to “Islamic values.” A Taliban spokesman even appeared on a Tolo news program hosted by a feminine anchor simply days after the group captured Kabul.

But journalists and human rights advocates say there are ominous indicators {that a} violent media clampdown is underway.

Taliban fighters hunted a journalist from the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle who had already left the nation, fatally taking pictures a member of his household and severely injuring one other, according to the broadcaster.

Ziar Khan Yaad, a Tolo journalist, and a cameraman have been crushed by 5 Taliban fighters at gunpoint whereas out reporting final week.

The Taliban have additionally barred at the least two feminine journalists from their jobs on the public broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan. And the girl who hosted the Taliban spokesman on a Tolo information program is not on the community.

She fled the nation.

Behishta Arghand in Doha last week.
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In the fear-filled days after the Taliban stormed into Kabul, she was hailed because the courageous younger girl who questioned one of many militants on dwell tv, offering hope that Afghan girls won’t lose all their freedoms.

But days later, like others who feared the militants’ wrath, Behishta Arghand, a former information presenter with Tolo news, fled the nation, touchdown together with her dad and mom and 4 siblings in a sparsely furnished villa in a walled compound on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar.

Ms. Arghand, 24, spoke proudly of her interview and stated she hoped the Taliban would observe by on their vows to permit extra openness than after they dominated the nation earlier than the United States invasion 20 years in the past.

“We don’t have any government now,” she stated in an interview. “We just hope they do what they promise. But now everyone is scared of the Taliban.”

Ms. Arghand recalled the shock she felt when she realized that the Taliban had entered Kabul, and the concern that gripped the Afghan capital the following day. Still, she stated, she went to work to make a degree concerning the position of girls in public life.

“I wanted to show the Taliban that we want to work,” she stated. “We want to be in the media. It’s our right in society.”

Ms. Arghand stated she was presenting the information on Aug. 17 when she bought a sense that there was a visitor within the studio. She quickly realized it was Mawlawi Abdulhaq Hemad, a member of the Taliban’s media crew.

She had just a few moments to arrange.

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Her producers, she stated, advised her to attempt to attract out info with out difficult her visitor. But as soon as on the air, she challenged him anyway, asking about reviews that the Taliban had conducted house-to-house searches within the metropolis.

After the interview, her telephone was flooded with messages from buddies and family who have been each proud and terrified that she had questioned her visitor so instantly.

Not lengthy after, she and her household fled, fearing that remaining in Kabul was too harmful.

Ms. Arghand is now staying in a home with no tv or web. She doesn’t understand how lengthy she’ll be there. She doesn’t know the place she’ll go subsequent.

But she desires of returning house sometime to assist girls.

“If I am alive, I will do a lot for my home,” she stated. “My country needs my generation.”

People being sent away from the Abbey Gate area of the Kabul airport last week.
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The suicide bomb blast that killed greater than 170 folks crowded outdoors Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport on Thursday additionally sundered a household gathered there, hoping to flee.

Ahmad Wali Stanekzai’s spouse, Zakya, died from accidents sustained within the explosion. He couldn’t discover his three youngsters — Mina, Ahmad Faisal and Masiullah — who disappeared within the bedlam after the explosion.

Masiullah, an adolescent, was dazed from the blast and known as his aunt, Ferishta Stanekzai, who lives in Virginia.

“He said, ‘I don’t know about my mom, dad, brother and sister, what happened to them, but I am here alone, and there is firing, and I don’t know where I should go,’” Ms. Stanekzai stated in an interview on Sunday.

Ms. Stanekzai started working the telephones with the assistance of Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, a retired Air Force officer who has been trying to extricate several hundred Afghans within the two weeks because the Taliban captured Kabul. This account relies on interviews with Ms. Stanekzai and General Bradley, who’ve been in touch with Mr. Stanekzai and different family and neighbors.

Mr. Stanekzai’s household had traveled to the airport in Kabul in a determined try and get on a flight. They had documentation from General Bradley, however no official clearance to board a airplane. As they tried to navigate a path in a foreign country, the Islamic State Khorasan, the terrorist group’s Afghan affiliate, attacked the gate.

“Finally we contact my brother, and he says that ‘I don’t know about my two kids, but I lost my wife,’” Ms. Stanekzai stated.

Mr. Stanekzai started looking out the hospitals in Kabul for his lacking youngsters, and in time reunited together with his oldest son. But he couldn’t discover his different two youngsters, and he and Ms. Stanekzai contacted dozens of buddies and neighbors to scour the town.

In time, they realized that the kids had boarded an airplane with a neighbor, Imran Ibrahim. But Mr. Stanekzai didn’t know the flight’s vacation spot.

Ms. Stanekzai finally reached Mr. Ibrahim. He and the kids had landed in Germany, the place the kids acquired remedy for accidents from the Kabul blast at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, close to Ramstein Air Base.

But Mr. Stanekzai and Masiullah are nonetheless in Kabul, with no approach out, as President Biden’s Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline quick approaches. They are simply two of the tens of thousands of Afghans with connections to the United States who’re determined to flee.

General Bradley stated he and relations had appealed to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, and retired army leaders to achieve out to Mr. Biden or different officers who might assist the Stanekzais safe a flight out of Kabul.

A White House staffer and an aide to Senator Warner stated they have been engaged on it, however to date a flight has not been permitted, General Bradley stated.

“The security situation is making things very difficult,” Rachel Cohen, Mr. Warner’s communications director, stated in an e-mail on Sunday, including, “This is a priority for us.”

Mr. Stanekzai and his son have stayed in a house in Kabul, leaving briefly to carry an Islamic funeral for his spouse.

Reaching the airport means enduring Taliban checkpoints, chaotic streets and the potential of one other terrorist assault.

“I understand how difficult it is, since we’ve already lost so many precious young American lives in this operation, but I feel that it is an obligation of our country to reunite this family,” General Bradley stated in an interview on Sunday.

Ms. Stanekzai stated her brother and nephew have been involved that their time was working out.

“‘What will happen if we don’t get out?’” Ms. Stanekzai stated her nephew requested in a current dialog. “‘I just want to be with my brother and sister.’”

The campus of the American University in Kabul.
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Hundreds of scholars, their family and workers of the American University of Afghanistan gathered at a protected home on Sunday and boarded buses in what was purported to be a remaining try at evacuation on U.S. army flights, the scholars stated.

But after seven hours of ready for clearance to enter the airport gates and driving across the metropolis, the group met a useless finish: Evacuations have been completely known as off. The airport gates remained a safety risk, and civilian evacuations have been ending Monday.

“I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights,” stated an e-mail despatched to college students from the college administration on Sunday afternoon, which was shared with The New York Times.

“The scholar pilgrims who were turned away today while seeking safe passage to a better future need the help of the U.S. government, who gave them the hope they must not lose,” the American University president, Ian Bickford, stated.

The e-mail requested the 600 or so college students and family to return house. The U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should be accomplished by a Tuesday deadline, so the army is popping from evacuating civilians to bringing its personal personnel house.

The group was then alarmed after studying that their names had been shared with the Taliban fighters guarding the airport checkpoints. Mr. Bickford stated that the college had given the names solely to the U.S. army.

“They told us: We have given your names to the Taliban,” stated Hosay, a 24-year-old sophomore finding out enterprise administration who was on the bus on Sunday. “We are all terrified. There is no evacuation, there is no getting out.”

Hosay earned a scholarship that lined half of her tuition. She needed to get an M.B.A. and begin an all-female engineering agency.

When the Taliban took over Kabul on Aug. 15, one of many first websites they captured was the sprawling, fashionable American University campus. Men in conventional Afghan outfits swinging AK-47 rifles introduced down the college flag and raised the flag of the Taliban, in line with scholar and social media images.

The Taliban posted an image of themselves on social media standing on the entrance of a college constructing with an ominous message, saying this was the place America had educated infidel “wolves” to deprave the minds of Muslims.

The {photograph} was broadly shared amongst Afghans and despatched college students and alumni into hiding. They had purpose to be scared. In 2016, the Taliban attacked the campus with explosives and weapons in a terrorist assault that lasted 10 hours and killed 15 folks, together with seven college students.

The college shut down its campus on Aug. 14 as phrase reached directors that the Taliban have been on the outskirts of Kabul. Mr. Bickford and international workers left Kabul for Doha that night time.

Mr. Bickford stated in an interview final week that he was working with the State Department to evacuate about 1,200 college students and alumni. But on Friday, after the lethal assault on the airport, Mr. Bickford stated the trouble had turn into far more sophisticated.

Mr. Bickford stated the college was dedicated to making sure all enrolled college students would end their levels remotely.

The American University of Afghanistan opened in 2006, receiving most of its funding from the United States Agency for International Development, which gave $160 million. It was one among the usA.I.D.’s largest civilian tasks in Afghanistan.

Students stated they’d struggled emotionally over the previous two weeks after they went from being faculty college students to fugitives in a single day.

Several college students interviewed repeated a poetic saying in Dari: “Our hopes and dreams have turned into dust.”

Mohammad, a 31-year-old father of three and part-time authorities ministry employee, had three extra programs left to complete his diploma in enterprise administration.

His job and wage are actually gone. His diploma is in jeopardy.

“It’s as if you throw a glass on a cement floor and your life shatters in a split second,” he stated Sunday from a protected home.

Yasser, a 27-year-old political science scholar, stated he had been advised in an e-mail from the college on Saturday to report back to a protected location for evacuation. But after President Biden stated there have been safety threats to the airport, the plan was scrapped and everybody was despatched house.

Early Sunday morning, Yasser acquired one other e-mail from the college asking him to go to a protected home at 7:45 a.m. The college students have been advised to convey solely a backpack with two outfits. Videos shared with The New York Times present a whole lot of scholars carrying backpacks and ready on the roadside. Dozens of buses are lined up.

The chitchat amongst college students abruptly ends, and somebody gasps. Someone cries. The college students have simply been advised that evacuations have been known as off.

“It was a frightening day,” Yasser stated. “We went there anticipating to be rescued and returned home defeated.”

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned his U.S. counterpart that cooperation on Afghanistan would depend on the U.S.’s attitude toward Beijing. 
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China’s international minister, Wang Yi, urged the United States to have interaction with the Taliban and supply urgently wanted help to Afghanistan.

In a telephone name on Sunday, Mr. Yang warned Antony J. Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, that the Chinese authorities’s cooperation on Afghanistan would rely upon the United States and its angle towards Beijing. The Chinese international ministry posted an account of the call on its website.

Mr. Wang advised Mr. Blinken that the Biden administration must also preserve contacts with the Taliban to stop Afghanistan from falling deeper into chaos. Before the Taliban seized management of Kabul earlier this month, Beijing had held talks with senior Taliban officers about the way forward for Afghanistan, which shares a slender border with China.

“There has been a fundamental change in domestic developments in Afghanistan, and all sides need to engage in contacts with the Taliban,” Mr. Wang stated, in line with the international ministry’s account. “The United States, in particular, must work with the international community to provide Afghanistan with economic, public welfare and humanitarian aid, assisting the new political structure in Afghanistan in maintaining normal government operations and safeguarding social stability and public security.”

So far, the Chinese authorities has not specified what help and different assist it might present Afghanistan, nor any circumstances it has for recognizing a brand new Taliban-dominated authorities in Kabul. But Mr. Wang steered that Beijing’s willingness to work alongside the Biden administration on such points was conditional on tamping down broader tensions between the 2 large powers.

The United States has criticized the Chinese authorities over its safety crackdown in Hong Kong, repression of largely Muslim minorities within the Xinjiang area, and warnings to Taiwan, the democratically ruled island that Beijing regards as part of China.

“Recently, China and the U.S. have opened up communication over Afghanistan, climate change and other issues,” Mr. Wang stated. “China will consider how to engage with the U.S. based on U.S. attitudes toward China. If the U.S. also hopes for Chinese-U.S. relations to return to a normal track, then stop persistently maligning and attacking China and harming Chinese sovereignty, security and development interests.”

Safa, center, with her friends Tamana, left and Oranous in Doha, Qatar, after being evacuated from Kabul on the weekend.
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As gunfire rang out in Kabul, an Afghan faculty graduate named Batool tried to not present her concern.

For days, she and about 150 different Afghan girls — principally college students and alumni of Asian University for Women in Bangladesh — had primarily lived on a convoy of buses that they hoped would get them into the Kabul airport, the middle of the U.S. army’s last-ditch evacuation efforts.

University officers and volunteers had secured them visas and chartered a airplane for them, however a number of occasions, the buses didn’t make it previous Taliban and army checkpoints.

Fear about being within the open intensified after a lethal terrorist assault on Thursday and an evening on the buses listening to gunfire outdoors.

“We accepted that we will either die or we will leave,” stated Batool, 25. “Every single one of us wanted to follow our dreams and continue our education.”

Finally on Saturday, with college leaders and different volunteers pleading their case to American officers, 148 girls handed the ultimate checkpoint. Told to depart their baggage behind, they have been allowed to convey solely their telephones and telephone chargers.

Their passage previous that checkpoint and onto a airplane capped a frantic, round the clock marketing campaign by a college officers and others to get the ladies out after the sudden collapse of Kabul to the Taliban two weeks in the past.

As the Taliban superior, college officers shortly created a masters program so alumni might get hold of scholar visas, stated a college founder, Kamal Ahmad.

To preserve observe of the buses always within the chaotic scene across the airport, the varsity used a geocommunications app that was additionally used to assist evacuate an Afghan girls robotics team.

Lawyers with the agency Mayer Brown helped the trouble, in line with Marcia Goodman, a accomplice for the agency who stated they’d “reached out to to contacts and friends of contacts, including military on the ground and government officials at various levels.”

But they bumped into points reserving a constitution airplane out of Kabul, and feared paying as much as $450,000 for a single flight that may fail to select the scholars up.

In the determined effort to enter the airport, overwhelming fatigue was itself a risk to the evacuation plans.

When Safa, 20, and two buddies separated from the group on the airport to inform their households they’d made it previous the checkpoints, they fell asleep from exhaustion as their telephones charged in a corridor.

When they wakened an hour later, they found to their horror that they’d missed the flight. “We were not able to say anything,” Safa stated. “We were not able to cry. We were just in shock what to do.”

Eventually, army officers put them on a flight to Doha, Qatar.

Safa has determined to “never sleep again,” she joked throughout a phone interview.

Leaving Afghanistan brings combined emotions, she stated,

At the evacuation’s lowest moments, she felt resigned to giving up her dream of ending her diploma and dealing in public well being.

“It was killing me inside,” she stated. “Why I should give up? Why should I bury it? I deserve to be happy. I deserve my old dreams.”

Now, she stated, she intends to complete her public well being diploma and return sooner or later to Afghanistan, after the Taliban have left.

“I want to serve my country,” she stated. “I can see my future, and I will be able to turn my dreams in reality.”

Most of the scholars are actually in Spain, Batool stated, with the following leg of their journey to the United States. They aren’t positive when they are going to make it to Bangladesh.

Safa stated she felt “grateful” to the college however was fearful for the household left behind.

“I saved my life,” she stated, “but still I can’t say I have a good feeling.”

Afghanistan evacuees departing from a processing center at the Dulles Expo Center in Virginia on Thursday.
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WASHINGTON — The United States and 97 different nations stated on Sunday that they’d proceed to soak up folks fleeing Afghanistan after the American army departs this week, and that they’d secured an settlement with the Taliban to permit protected passage for individuals who are leaving.

The Taliban’s chief negotiator, Sher Mohammed Abas Stanekzai, had introduced on Friday that the group wouldn’t cease folks from departing, irrespective of their nationality or whether or not they had labored for the United States throughout the 20-year conflict.

A joint assertion launched on Sunday on behalf of greater than half of the world’s governments and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization stated that they’d “received assurances from the Taliban” that individuals with journey paperwork exhibiting they have been clear to enter any of these nations might safely depart.

The nations additionally pledged to “continue issuing travel documentation to designated Afghans” and cited a “clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban” to their protected passage.

“We note the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding,” the assertion stated.

Notably lacking from the assertion have been Russia and China, two everlasting members of the United Nations Security Council who have pledged to help the Taliban rebuild Afghanistan.

The assertion didn’t warn of any penalties ought to the Taliban renege on the settlement, though a senior State Department official stated it was meant to convey an implicit message about incentives — specifically, international help to the federal government — that the worldwide group would use to implement it.

The chief American envoy to Taliban peace talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, tweeted on Saturday that the Taliban’s assurances have been “positive” and that “we, our allies and the international community will hold them to these commitments.”

Relief companies say that tens of 1000’s of Afghans concern being left behind and residing beneath Taliban rule. That consists of individuals who have labored for the American army or the U.S. Embassy since 2001 and are eligible to immigrate to the United States.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken advised ABC News on Sunday that 300 Americans have been nonetheless ready to be evacuated from Kabul.

“We are very actively working to help them get to the airport, get on a plane and get out of Afghanistan,” Mr. Blinken stated.

When he was requested concerning the assurances from the Taliban, Mr. Blinken stated that the U.S. authorities was not beneath any illusions.

“I’m not saying we should trust the Taliban on anything,” he stated. “I’m simply reporting what one of their senior leaders said to the Afghan people.”

Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.

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President Biden joined the households of 13 U.S. service members killed in a bombing on the Kabul airport in Afghanistan final week, as their stays have been delivered to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The fallen included 11 Marines, a Navy medic and an Army member.CreditCredit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

A grey C-17 transport airplane landed in Delaware shortly after Eight a.m. on Sunday. It carried the stays of 11 Marines, a Navy medic and an Army workers sergeant, who collectively might be the final Americans to die within the conflict in Afghanistan.

Just earlier than 8:40, a second airplane, a white-and-blue Boeing jetliner, parked subsequent to the transport. It carried the president who had given the orders to finish that conflict after practically 20 years, prompting the mass evacuation effort that these 13 service members have been finishing up when a bomber from the Islamic State Khorasan group detonated his charges at the Kabul airport final week.

President Biden’s first journey in workplace to witness the switch of stays at Dover was a reminder of the size and price of the Afghanistan conflict, and of his distinctive attachment to it as a legislator, a vice chairman and now a commander in chief.

Mr. Biden made an unannounced flight to Delaware for a uncommon presidential look at a switch of stays of service members killed abroad. They have been on their approach from Afghanistan, through Kuwait and Germany, to remaining relaxation in communities throughout the nation which have provided little children to combat 20 years of what was as soon as known as the conflict on terror.

The transfers started within the late morning and stretched practically 40 minutes, ending after midday. Time and once more, service members in various shades of inexperienced fatigues carried flag-draped switch instances down the ramp of the transport, which confronted Air Force One on the runway.

First got here the Army, then the Marines, then the Navy. The carry groups, as they’re known as, labored in three-minute cycles, marching earlier than a number of dignitaries together with the president, the secretaries of state and protection, and several other high army brass. They carried the stays from the transport and lifted them by the again cargo doorways of 4 grey vans.

A memorial for Sgt. Johanny Rosario, one of the U.S. Marines killed this week in the bombing at the Kabul airport, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Sunday.
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One of the final images that Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee shared together with her household from Afghanistan exhibits her in dusty physique armor with a rifle, her lengthy blond hair pulled again, her palms in tactical gloves. Amid the chaos of Kabul, these palms are rigorously cradling a child.

It was a second captured on the entrance strains of the airport, the place Marines labored feverishly to shepherd tens of 1000’s of evacuees by chaotic and harmful razor wire gates. It confirmed how, even within the tumult, many took time to consolation the households who made it by.

In a brief message posted with the photograph, the sergeant stated, “I love my job🤘🏼.”

Sergeant Gee by no means made it out.

“She believed in what she was doing. She loved being a Marine,” her brother-in-law, Gabriel Fuoco, stated. “She wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.”

Sergeant Gee, 23, of Roseville, Calif., was one among two girls in uniform killed on the gate. The different was Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass. Sergeant Rosario was commended by her unit in May for excellence in a provide chief job often given to somebody of upper rank.

“Her service was not only crucial to evacuating thousands of women and children, but epitomizes what it means to be a Marine: putting herself in danger for the protection of American values so that others might enjoy them,” Marine First Lt. John Coppola stated about Sergeant Rosario in a press release.

For most of army historical past, girls weren’t allowed in fight. The few admitted to the Marines largely did clerical work. In 2001, at first of the conflict in Afghanistan, girls within the Marines weren’t assigned to gate responsibility, stated Kate Germano, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel.

But a long time of insurgency wars fought in conservative Muslim nations pressured the army to evolve.

The Marine Corps slowly, typically grudgingly, opened all fight jobs to girls. They now make up about 9 p.c of the pressure. It’s nonetheless a small proportion in contrast with different army branches, Ms. Germano stated, “but every year, more women are out front, bearing the burden more equally with men.”

Air Force drones at a base in the Gulf region in 2016.
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The Biden administration has practically accomplished a coverage to control counterterrorism drone strikes and commando raids outdoors standard conflict zones, however the abrupt collapse of the Afghan authorities and a current flurry of strikes in Somalia have raised new issues, in line with present and former officers.

The administration has hoped to complete its playbook by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 assaults. It was envisioned as a part of a broader recalibration, as President Biden seeks to wind down the “forever war” on terrorism and reorient nationwide safety coverage to how the world has modified since 2001.

But his crew’s potential to satisfy that deadline is now doubtful amid quickly altering occasions and uncertainties concerning the future. Many of the identical officers who would develop and approve an up to date drone plan for Afghanistan are targeted on the emergency evacuation operations in Kabul, officers stated.

In January, Mr. Biden had got down to set up his personal overarching coverage for drone strikes concentrating on terrorist threats emanating from nations the place the United States doesn’t have troops on the bottom. His administration considered with suspicion President Donald J. Trump’s determination in 2017 to loosen a model of such guidelines that President Barack Obama had imposed in 2013.

A man injured in the bombing at the Kabul airport being treated at the Emergency NGO hospital last week. The W.H.O. reported the delivery of more than 12 tons of medical supplies to Afghanistan on Monday. 
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A airplane carrying 12.5 metric tons of medical provides landed in Afghanistan on Monday afternoon, the primary such cargo to reach because the Taliban seized management of the nation, the World Health Organization stated in a news release.

The provides embrace trauma kits and interagency emergency health kits, collections of important drugs and tools that the W.H.O. stated might meet the fundamental well being wants of 200,000 folks, deal with 6,500 trauma sufferers and full 3,500 surgical procedures. They can be delivered to 40 well being services in 29 provinces throughout Afghanistan.

The W.H.O. used a airplane supplied by the federal government of Pakistan, which landed on the Mazar-i-Sharif airport in northern Afghanistan, the primary of three flights deliberate with Pakistan International Airlines.

“After days of nonstop work to find a solution, I am very pleased to say that we have now been able to partially replenish stocks of health facilities in Afghanistan and ensure that — for now — W.H.O.-supported health services can continue,” Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the W.H.O.’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, stated within the launch.

Afghan folks face a slew of well being considerations, together with the extraordinarily contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, which has become all but an afterthought during the turmoil after the Taliban takeover.

“In the midst of a pandemic, we’re extremely concerned by the large displacement of people and increasing cases of diarrhea, malnutrition, high blood pressure, probable cases of Covid-19 and reproductive health complications,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director basic of the W.H.O., stated earlier this month. “There is an immediate need to ensure sustained humanitarian access and continuity of health services across the country, with a focus on ensuring women and girls have access to female health workers.”

Before Afghanistan’s authorities unraveled, its ministry of public well being reported a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections, with a file variety of optimistic instances and deaths.

W.H.O. officers stated in an e-mail earlier this month that they have been involved that Covid-19 spikes exacerbated by the motion and mixing of newly displaced folks, the low price of vaccination amongst Afghans and the dearth of medical provides might additional pressure a well being system struggling to maintain up with trauma and emergency care.





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