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August 27, 2021 / 11:04 PM IST

Afghanistan Crisis Highlights | Death toll in Kabul airport attack rises to 170, says report

Afghanistan Crisis Highlights | An explosion outside Kabul airport killed at least 13 people, including children, and wounded many Taliban guards, a Taliban official confirmed.

Afghanistan Crisis Highlights | Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said. The U.S. general overseeing the evacuation said the attacks would not stop the United States from evacuating Americans and others, and
flights out were continuing. Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said there was a large amount of security at the airport, and alternate routes were being used to get evacuees in. About 5,000 people were awaiting flights on the airfield, McKenzie said. The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport. But that advice went largely unheeded by Afghans desperate to escape the country in the last few days of an American-led evacuation before the U.S. officially ends its 20-year presence on Aug. 31. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings on its Amaq news channel. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan is far more radical than the Taliban, who recently took control of the country in a lightning blitz. The Taliban were not believed to have been involved in the attacks and condemned the blasts. In an emotional speech from the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden said the latest bloodshed would not drive the U.S. out of Afghanistan earlier than scheduled, and that he had instructed the U.S. military to develop plans to strike IS. “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” Biden said. U.S. officials initially said 11 Marines and one Navy medic were among those who died. Another service member died hours later. Eighteen service members were wounded and officials warned the toll could grow. More than 140 Afghans were wounded, an Afghan official said. One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Those who moments earlier had hoped to get on flights out could be seen carrying the wounded to ambulances in a daze, their own clothes darkened with blood.
  • August 27, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • August 27, 2021 / 07:37 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Spain to keep extracting Afghan allies in months, years ahead, says PM Pedro Sanchez

    Spain will keep trying to extract Afghans who worked with Western countries in the coming months and years, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday, hours after the last two Spanish rescue planes left Kabul for Dubai. "We are going to work calmly and discreetly. We are already thinking about how to set up an operation to bring back those Afghan allies and their families who we could not evacuate," he told a news conference. He said his government had not ruled out any kind of effort to bring back as many such Afghans as possible. But he did not specify what that might entail or how many such people remained in the country. Declaring "mission accomplished," Sanchez said Spain had evacuated 2,206 people on 17 flights, most of them Afghans who had worked with Spanish forces and the embassy, European Union institutions and with the U.S. forces. 


  • August 27, 2021 / 07:19 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | UN warns of up to 500,000 more Afghan refugees by year end

    The United Nations said Friday it was bracing for a possible exodus from Afghanistan of up to half a million more refugees by the end of 2021. "We are preparing for around 500,000 new refugees in the region. This is a worst-case scenario," Kelly Clements, the deputy high commissioner of the UN refugee agency, told reporters.

  • August 27, 2021 / 07:13 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Death toll in Kabul Airport Attack rises to 170, says report 

    Death toll from Kabul airport attack rises to 170, CBS News has reported citing an Afghan health ministry official.

  • August 27, 2021 / 07:04 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Taliban under pressure to secure Kabul after airport blasts

    The Taliban's pitch to the Afghan people has always been simple –- life under their hardline rule would finally bring security after decades of war. Notorious for using suicide bombers during their insurgency, the Taliban are charged with guarding against the same kind of attacks now that they are in power. The Islamic State-claimed blasts at Kabul airport on Thursday, which killed scores of Afghans as well as 13 US troops, is an early test

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  • August 27, 2021 / 06:43 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Italy's last flight to leave Kabul 'within hours' 

    Italy's last evacuation flight from Kabul will leave Afghanistan in the "next few hours", with a top NATO envoy on board, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Friday. He said all the Italian nationals who wanted to leave had been evacuated, along with around 4,900 Afghan civilians. The last diplomats and military -- of whom Italy sent 1,500 to help with the airlift -- are due to take the last flight. "In the next few hours the last C-130 will leave Kabul airport," Di Maio told a press conference in Rome with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. 

  • August 27, 2021 / 06:26 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secy Gen: Flags of all 30 allies are flying at half-mast at NATO HQ following the appalling terrorist attack outside Kabul airport. We mourn all victims. We honour the US personnel who lost their lives getting others to safety – they'll never be forgotten.

      Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secy Gen:  Flags of all 30 allies are flying at half-mast at NATO HQ following the appalling terrorist attack outside Kabul airport. We mourn all victims. We honour the US personnel who lost their lives getting others to safety – they'll never be forgotten.
  • August 27, 2021 / 06:23 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Last Dutch evacuation flight from Afghanistan lands in Netherlands, says Defence Ministry

    The final flight of evacuees from Afghanistan arrived in the Netherlands on Friday carrying 87 Dutch citizens, the Defence Ministry said. Dutch military planes have taken more than 2,500 people out of Afghanistan since Aug 18. The Netherlands no longer has a diplomatic presence in the country. The government said it is examining ways to assist hundreds of Dutch citizens of Afghan origin and Afghans eligible for asylum in the Netherlands who were unable to be evacuated. Assistance will initially be provided from neighbouring countries, the government said in a letter to parliament on Thursday. A small number of Dutch troops and a C-130 aircraft will remain near Afghanistan until Aug. 31, the government said.

  • August 27, 2021 / 06:07 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Pakistan preparing to receive 4,000 evacuees from Afghanistan

    Pakistan is preparing to receive nearly 4,000 evacuees from Afghanistan, mostly Afghan nationals, as transiting passengers to stay for a limited period, officials said on Friday. The US embassy had requested the Pakistan government to help in the evacuation efforts ahead of the August 31 deadline to completely withdraw from Afghanistan to cap its longest foreign war, spanning over 20 years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Officials said that the Embassy sought permission for landing or transiting the passengers under three categories: US diplomats/citizens, Afghan nationals and people from other countries. About 4,000 people, including the Afghans who supported the NATO forces during the war, will be brought to Karachi and Islamabad for stay before being flown to the US. The Islamabad administration was taking measures to settle the incoming people and it ordered more than 150 hotels in the capital and neighbouring Rawalpindi to stop booking local guests in order to accommodate the foreigners for about three weeks. 


  • August 27, 2021 / 05:50 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Afghan health facilities running out of medical supplies: WHO

    Health facilities across violence-ravaged Afghanistan are rapidly running out of supplies, and could also soon face a shortage of medical personnel, the World Health Organization warned Friday. Twin suicide bombs ripped through crowds outside Kabul airport on Thursday, killing scores of Afghans as well as 13 US troops and adding to logistical difficulties faced by WHO to deliver medical equipment and medicine.

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  • August 27, 2021 / 05:31 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Uzbek leader says in daily contact with Taliban to ensure security 

    The Uzbek government is maintaining daily contact with the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan to help ensure Uzbekistan's security, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was quoted by state news agency UzA as saying on Friday. The hardline Islamist Taliban have swept back into power as U.S.-led foreign forces complete a withdrawal from Afghanistan by an August 31 deadline after 20 years of war, triggering the collapse of the Western-backed Kabul government. "We are in contact with the Taliban every day," the deputy chief of UzA quoted Mirziyoyev as saying in his Telegram channel. "I am ready for any dialogue in order to ensure there is no fire in the direction of Uzbekistan."

  • August 27, 2021 / 05:10 PM IST

    Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi: The last flight had 40 odd people. We were hearing reports that Afghan nationals were facing difficulties in reaching airport. We know some Afghan nationals, including Afghan Sikhs & Hindus, couldn't reach airport on Aug 25. Our flight had to come without them.

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