Taliban charters flights for over 200 foreigners to leave, Americans included
The Taliban government agreed to charter flights for roughly 200 foreigners to evacuate Afghanistan Thursday. Americans will be among the group evacuating according to a U.S. official speaking to Reuters. These will be the first international flights since the Taliban took over.
First, the U.S. military evacuated over 123,000 people in August. Then, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed there weren’t any Americans left behind. But this agreement by Afghanistan’s new interim government is the completion of a previous commitment by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to allow travel.
U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad reportedly helped broker the agreement. When Baradar made his commitment to allow travel public, Khalilzad tweeted out the statement’s English translation. “The statement is positive,” Khalilzad tweeted. “We, our allies, and the international community will hold them to these commitments.”
While there were reports of Americans and others stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif, Reuter’s source did not confirm them. The official could not say whether the American civilians and other foreign nationals were among people reportedly stranded for days.
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